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PREFACE 



The San Francisco amendments to the 2007 California Building Code appear in boldface to distinguish the 
San Francisco amendments from the provisions of the 2007 California Building Code which they amend. To further 
simplify use of the San Francisco amendments with corresponding sections of the 2007 California Building Code, 
explanatory remarks appearing in italics are provided at the beginning of each amendment indicating whether the 
San Francisco amendment to the 2007 California Building Code is adding, revising, or replacing a section or portion 
of a section. 



Marginal Markings: 

■^ An arrow represents the location of language that has been deleted by San Francisco from the 2007 California 
Building Code. 

I A solid line represents a change from the original published edition of the 2007 San Francisco Building Code. 



Historical Notations: 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 



Chapter 1 General Code Provisions 1 

Chapter lA Administration 3 

Section 101 A Title, Scope and General 3 

Section 102 A Unsafe Buildings, Structures or Property 4 

Section 103A Violations 12 

Section 104A Organization and Enforcement 14 

Section 105A Boards, Commissions and Committees 20 

Section 106A Permits 35 

Table A Maximum Time Allowed to Complete All Work Authorized by Building Permit 

51 

Section 107A Fees 54 

Section 108A Inspections 57 

Section 109A Certificate of Occupancy 60 

Section 1 lOA Schedule of Fee Tables 61 

Table 1 A-A Building Permit Fees 63 

Table lA-B Building Permit Application and Plan Review Fees 64 

Table 1 A-C Plumbing Permit Fees 65 

Table lA-D Reserved 66 

Table lA-E Electrical Permit Fees 67 

Table lA-F Specialty Permit Fees 70 

Table lA-G Inspections, Surveys and Reports 72 

Table lA-H Sign Permit Fees 73 

Table 1 A-I Reserved 74 

Table lA-J Miscellaneous Fees 75 

Table 1 A-K Penalties, Hearings, Code Enforcement Assessments 76 

Table 1 A-L Public Information 77 

Table 1 A-M Boiler Fees 79 

Table 1 A-N Energy Conservation 80 

Table lA-O Reserved 81 

Table lA-P Apartment House and Hotel License Fees 82 

Table lA-Q Hotel Conversion Ordinance Fees 83 

Table lA-R Refunds 84 

Table lA-S Unreinforced Masonry Bearing Wall Building Retrofit 85 

Figure lA-1 1851 High-Tide Line Map 86 

Chapter 2 Definitions 89 

Chapter 3 Use and Occupancy Classification 91 

Chapter 4 Special Detailed Requirements Based on Use and Occupancy 93 

Section 406 Motor-Vehicle-Related Occupancies 93 

Section 446 Fences 93 

Chapter 5 General Building Heights and Areas 95 



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Chapter 6 Types of Construction 97 

Chapter 7 Fire-Resistance-Rated Construction 99 

Section 708 Fire Partitions 99 

Chapter 7A Materials and Construction Methods for Exterior Wildfire Exposure 101 

Chapter 8 Interior Finishes 103 

Section 804 Interior Floor Finish 103 

Chapter 9 Fire Protection Systems 105 

Section 901 General 105 

Section 902 Definitions 105 

Section 903 Automatic Sprinkler Systems 1 05 

Section 905 Standpipe Systems 105 

Section 907 Fire Alarm and Detection Systems 105 

Chapter 10 Means of Egress 107 

Section 1001 Administration 107 

Section 101 1 Exit Signs 107 

Chapter IDA Security Requirements 109 

Section lOOlA Scope 109 

Section 1002A Definitions 109 

Section 1003A General Requirements For Security 109 

Section 1004A Special Hotel and Motel Security Requirements 110 

Section 1005 A Special Apartment House and Condominium Security Requirements Ill 

Chapter 11 RESERVED 113 

Chapter llA Housing Accessibility 115 

Chapter IIB Accessibility to Public Buildings, Public Accommodations, Commercial Buildings 
and Publicly Funded Housing 117 

Chapter IIC Standards for Card Readers at Gasoline Fioel-Dispensing Facilities 119 

Chapter 12 Interior Environment 121 

Section 1203 Ventilation 121 

Section 1205 Lighting 121 

Chapter 13 Resource Conservation (Energy Efficiency) 123 

Chapter 13A Commercial Water Conservation 125 

Section 1301A Title 125 

Section 1302A Intent 125 

Section 1303A Definitions 125 

Section 1304A Rules and Guidelines 126 

Section 1305A Civil Remedies 126 

Section 1306A Requirements 126 

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Section 1307A Time Allowed for Compliance 127 

Section 1308A Transfer of Responsibility for Compliance 127 

Section 1309A Informational Brochure 128 

Section 13 lOA Postponements of Requirements 128 

Section 131 lA Early Compliance With Water Conservation Measures 128 

Section 13 12A Water Conservation Inspections 129 

Section 1313A Proof of Compliance With Water Conservation Measures 129 

Section 1314A Appeals from Results of a Water Conservation Inspection 129 

Section 1315A Required Water Conservation Measures 129 

Section 1316A Water Conservation Inspections 130 

Chapter 13B Construction and Demolition Debris Recovery Program 131 

Section 1301B Title 131 

Section 1302B Recovery of Construction and Demolition Debris 131 

Section 1303B Definitions 131 

Section 1304B Permit Condition 131 

Section 1305B Permit Notification 131 

Chapter 14 Exterior Walls 133 

Section 1403 Performance Requirements 133 

Chapter 15 Roof Assemblies and Rooftop Structures 135 

Section 1501 General 135 

Section 1503 Weather Protection 135 

Section 1505 Fire Classification 135 

Table 1505.1 Minimum Roof Covering Classification for Types of Construction 135 

Section 1507 Requirements for Roof Coverings 135 

Section 1509 Rooftop Structures 135 

Chapter 16 Structural Design 137 

Section 1 604 General Design Requirements 137 

Table 1607.1 Minimum Uniformly Distributed Live Loads and Concentrated Live Loads . . 138 

Chapter 16A Structural Design 139 

Chapter 16B Earthquake Hazard Reduction in Unreinforced Masonry Bearing Wall Buildings .141 

Section 1601B Purpose 141 

Section 1602B Scope 141 

Section 1603B Definitions 141 

Section 1604B Compliance Requirements 142 

Section 1605B Administration 143 

Section 1606B Existing Utility, Fire Protection, Life-Safety Systems, Homeless Shelters 

and Disabled Access Requirements 145 

Section 1607B Energy Conservation 145 

Figure 16B-1 Unreinforced Masonry Building Study Areas 147 

Table 16B-A Program Implementation Schedule 148 



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Chapter 16C Seismic Strengthening Provisions for Unreinforced Masonry Bearing Wall Buildings 

149 

Section 1601C Purpose 149 

Section 1602C Scope 149 

Section 1603C Definitions 149 

Section 1604C Symbols and Notations 150 

Section 1605C General Requirements 152 

Section 1606C Materials Requirements 152 

Section 1607C Quality Control 154 

Section 1608C Allowable Design Values 155 

Section 1609C Selection Of Procedure 156 

Section 1610C General Procedure 157 

Section 161 IC Special Procedure 158 

Section 1612C Analysis and Design 160 

Section 1613C Detailed System Design Requirements 162 

Section 1614C In-Place Masonry Shear Tests 164 

Section 161 5C Test of Anchors in Unreinforced Masonry Walls 164 

Section 1616C Pointing of Unreinforced Masonry Walls 165 

Figure 16C-1 Acceptable Diaphragm Span 166 

Figure 16C-2 Analysis of Unreinforced Masonry Wall In-Plane Shear Forces 167 

Table 16C-A Elements Regulated By This Chapter 168 

Table 1 6C-B Allowable Value of Height-To-Thickness Ratio of Unreinforced Masonry 

Walls ; 170 

Table 16C-C Horizontal Force Factor, Cp 171 

Table 16C-D Allowable Values for Existing Materials 172 

Table 16C-E Allowable Values of New Materials Used In Conjunction With Existing 

Construction 1 73 

Chapter 16D Parapets and Appendages — Retroactive Provisions 175 

Section 1601D General 175 

Section 1602D Correction of Hazardous Parapets and Appendages 175 

Section 1603D Variance Procedure 175 

Section 1604D Unreinforced Masonry Parapets and Appendages 175 

Chapter 17 Structural Tests and Special Inspections 177 

Section 1704 Special Inspections 1 77 

Chapter 17A Structural Tests and Special Inspections 1 79 

Chapter 18 Soils and Foundations 181 

Chapter ISA Soils and Foundations 1 83 

Chapter 19 Concrete 185 

Chapter 19A Concrete 187 

Chapter 20 Aluminum 1 89 



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Chapter 20A Aluminum 191 

Chapter 21 Masonry 193 

Section 2 1 06 Seismic Design 1 93 

Chapter 21A Masonry 195 

Chapter 22 Steel 197 

Chapter 22A Steel 199 

Excerpts from Chapter 23 Wood 201 

Section 2304 General Construction Requirements 201 

Chapter 24 Glass and Glazing 203 

Chapter 25 Gypsum Board and Plaster 205 

Chapter 26 Plastic 207 

Section 2603 Foam Plastic Insulation 207 

Chapter 27 Electrical 209 

Chapter 28 Mechanical Systems 211 

Chapter 29 Plumbing Systems 213 

Section 2902 Minimum Plumbing Fixtures 213 

Appendix Chapter 29 Minimum Plumbing Fixtures 215 

Section 2903 General 215 

Chapter 30 Elevators and Conveying Systems 217 

Section 3007 Private Residence Elevators 217 

Chapter 31 Special Construction 219 

Section 3 103 Temporary Structures 219 

Section 3107 Signs 219 

Section 3110 Woodbuming Appliances 222 

Chapter 31B Public Swimming Pools 225 

Chapter 31C Radiation 227 

Chapter 31D Food Establishments 229 

Chapter 31E Tents and Membrane Structures 23 1 

Chapter 31F Marine Oil Terminals 233 



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Chapter 32 Encroachments into the Public Right-of-Way 235 

Section 3201 General 235 

Section 3202 Encroachments 235 

Section 3203 Sidewalk Construction 235 

Chapter 33 Safeguards During Construction 237 

Section 3302 Construction Safeguards 237 

Section 3303 Demolition 237 

Section 3304 Site Work 237 

Section 3306 Protection of Pedestrians 238 

Section 3307 Protection of Adjoining Property 238 

Section 3311 Standpipes 239 

Chapter 34 Existing Structures 241 

Section 3403 Additions, Alterations or Repairs 241 

Section 3406 Change of Occupancy 243 

Section 3408 Moved Structures 243 

Section 3412 [SFM] Existing High-Rise Buildings 243 

Section 3422 Existing Buildings or Other Structures Located on a Military Base Selected for 

Closure 245 

Section 3423 Work Practices for Lead-Based Paint on Pre- 1 979 Buildings and Steel Structures 

249 

Section 3424 Asbestos Information and Notice 257 

Chapter 34A Existing Structures 261 

Chapter 35 Referenced Standards 263 

Appendix J Grading A-1 

Section J103 Permits Required A-1 

Section J104 Permit Application and Submittals A-1 

Section J109 Drainage and Terracing A-2 

Section Jl 12 Grading Fees A-2 

Administrative Bulletins AB-1 

San Francisco Building Code Index I- 1 



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Chapter lA 
ADMINISTRATION 



The City and County of San Francisco adopts the 
following Chapter lA for the purpose of 
administration of the 2007 San Francisco Building 
Code. Certain specific administrative and general 
code provisions as adopted by various state agencies 
may be found in Chapter 1 and Appendix Chapter 
1 of this code. 



SECTION lOlA — TITLE, SCOPE AND 
GENERAL 

101 A. 1 Title. These regulations shall be known as 
the "2007 San Francisco Building Code," may be 
cited as such and will be referred to herein as "this 
code." The 2007 San Francisco Building Code 
amends the California Building Code, which is Part 
2 of 12 parts of the official compilation and 
publication of the adoption amendment and repeal 
of the building regulations to the California Code of 
Regulations, Title 24, also referred to as the 
California Building Standards Code. The California 
Building Code incorporates by adoption the 2006 
International Building Code of the International 
Code Council with necessary California 
amendments. 

101A.2 Purpose. The purpose of this code is to 
establish the minimum requirements to safeguard 
the public health, safety and general welfare 
through structural strength, means of egress 
facilities, stability, access to persons with 
disabilities, sanitation, adequate lighting and 
ventilation and energy conservation, and safety to 
life and property from fire and other hazards 
attributed to the built environment; to regulate and 
control the demolition of all buildings and 
structures, and the quarrying, grading, excavation, 
and filling of land; and to provide safety to fire 
fighters and emergency responders during 
emergency operations. 

The further purpose of this code is to ensure that 
barrier-free design is incorporated in all buildings, 
facilities, site work and other developments to 



which this code applies and to ensure that they are 
accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities. 

101A.3 Scope. The provisions of this code shall 
apply to the construction, alteration, movement, 
enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use 
and occupancy, location, maintenance, removal and 
demolition of every building or structure or any 
appurtenances connected or attached to such 
buildings or structures. 

IOIA.3.1 Nonstate-regulated buildings, structures 
and applications. Except as modified by local 
ordinance pursuant to Section 101.8, the following 
standards in the California Code of Regulations, 
Title 24, Parts 2,3,4,5,6,9 and 10 shall apply to all 
occupancies and applications not regulated by a 
state agency. 

101A.4 Effective Date of this code. 

IOIA.4.1 Only those standards approved by the 
California Building Standards Commission and 
code amendments, additions or deletions adopted by 
the City and County of San Francisco that are 
effective at the time an application for building 
permit is submitted shall apply to the plans and 
specifications for, and to the construction 
performed under, that permit. For the effective 
dates of the provisions contained in this code, see 
History Notes page of this code. 

IOIA.4.2 Appendices. Provisions contained in the 
appendices of this code shall not apply unless 
specifically adopted by a state agency or adopted by 
a local enforcing agency in compliance with Health 
and Safety Code Section 18938(b) for Building 
Standards Law, Health and Safety Code Section 
17950 for State Housing Law and Health and Safety 
Code Section 13869.7 for Fire Protection Districts. 
See Section 101A.8 of this code. 

101 A.5 Validity. Ifany chapter section, subsection, 
sentence, clause or phrase of this code is for any 
reason held to be unconstitutional, contrary to 



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statute, exceeding the authority of the state as 
stipulated by statutes, or otherwise inoperative, 
such decision shall not affect the validity of the 
remaining portion of this code. 

101A.6 Reference Documents. The codes, 
standards and publications adopted and set forth in 
this code, including other codes, standards and 
publications referred to therein are, by title and 
date of publication, hereby adopted as standard 
reference documents of this code. 

When this code does not specifically cover any 
subject relating to building design and construction, 
recognized architectural or engineering practices 
shall be employed. The National Fire Codes and 
Fire Protection Handbook of the National Fire 
Protection Association are permitted to be used as 
authoritative guides in determining recognized 
fire-prevention engineering practices. 

In the event of any differences between these 
building standards and the standard reference 
documents, the text of these building standards shall 
govern. 

101 A.7 Order of Precedence. 

IOIA.7.1 Specific provisions. Where a specific 
provision varies from a general provision, the 
specific provision shall apply. 

IOIA.7.2 Conflicts. When the requirements of this 
code conflict with the requirements of any other 
part of the California Building Standards Code, 
Title 24, the most restrictive requirement shall 
prevail. 

IOIA.7.3 Fire Codes. Nothing in these building 
standards shall diminish the requirements of the 
state fire marshal. 

Sections 101A.8 - 101A.19 Are Reserved 

101A.20 Central Permit Bureau. A Central Permit 
Bureau is hereby established in the Department of 
Building Inspection. The Central Permit Bureau 
shall process applications for permits required in 
Section 106A.1 of this code and for certain other 



permits required by ordinance or regulation for 
other departments and bureaus of the City and 
County of San Francisco. Permit processing 
procedures are detailed in an Administrative 
Bulletin issued by the Building Official in 
cooperation with other departments and bureaus. 
The Central Permit Bureau shall arrange for the 
review of permit applications, the issuance of 
permits and the collection of fees as fixed by law. 

The fees collected by the Central Permit 
Bureau shall be credited to the account of the 
department or bureau authorized by ordinance or 
Charter to approve such permits. The Controller, in 
conjunction with the Central Permit Bureau and 
the concerned departments and bureaus, shall 
analyze the cost to the City and County of San 
Francisco of regulation and inspection required by 
each such class of permit and shall propose the rates 
to be fixed therefore by ordinance, which shall not 
be less than the cost to the City and County of San 
Francisco of such regulation and inspection. 

101A.21 Safety assessment placards. This section 
establishes standard placards to be used to indicate 
the condition of a building or structure after a 
natural or human-created disaster. A description of 
the placards to be used is set forth in Section 
IOIA.21.2. The Building Official and their 
authorized representatives are authorized to post 
the appropriate placard at each entry point to a 
building or structure upon completion of a safety 
assessment. A safety assessment is a visual, 
nondestructive examination of a building or 
structure for the purpose of determining the 
condition for continued occupancy. 

IOIA.21.1 Application of provisions. The 
provisions of this section are applicable to all 
buildings and structures of all occupancies 
regulated by the City and County of San Francisco. 

IOIA.21.2 Description of placards. The 
Department of Building Inspection shall use the 
form of standard placards that the Applied 
Technology Council has recommended and revises 
from time to time. The actual placards shall be in a 
form that the Building Official approves. In 
addition, the ordinance number, the name of the 



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department, its address, and phone number shall be 
permanently affixed to each placard. In addition, 
each placard shall include the following language or 
its equivalent as determined by the Building 
Official: Any unauthorized removal, alteration, or 
covering of this placard shall be considered a 
violation of the San Francisco Building Code and 
the responsible person(s) shall be subject to 
applicable penalties set forth in the code. A general 
description of the placards is as follows: 

1. INSPECTED - LAWFUL OCCUPANCY 
PERMITTED. This placard is to be posted on any 
building or structure where no apparent structural 
hazard has been found. This placard is not intended 
to mean that there is no damage to the building or 
structure. 

2. RESTRICTED USE. This placard is to be 
posted on each building or structure that is 
damaged to such an extent that restrictions on 
continued occupancy are required. The person or 
persons authorized to post this placard will note in 
general terms the type of damage encountered and 
will note with specificity any restrictions on 
continued occupancy. 

3. UNSAFE - DO NOT ENTER OR 
OCCUPY. This placard is to be posted on each 
building or structure that is damaged to such an 
extent that continued occupancy poses a threat to 
life safety. Buildings or structures posted with this 
placard shall not be entered under any 
circumstance except as authorized in writing by the 
Building Official of Building Inspection or his or 
her authorized representative. Authorized safety 
assessment individuals or teams may enter these 
buildings at any time. This placard is not to be used 
or considered to be a demolition order. The person 
or persons authorized to post this placard will note 
in general terms the type of damage encountered. 

IOIA.21.3 Removal or alteration prohibited. Once 
it has been attached to a building or structure, a 
placard is not to be removed, altered, or covered 
except by an authorized representative of the 
Department or upon written notification from the 
Department. Any unauthorized removal, alteration, 
or covering of a placard shall be considered a 



violation of this code and the responsible person(s) 
shall be subject to the penalties set forth herein. 



SECTION 102A - UNSAFE BUILDINGS, 
STRUCTURES OR PROPERTY 

All buildings, structures, property, or parts thereof, 
regulated by this code that are structurally unsafe 
or not provided with adequate egress, or that 
constitute a fire hazard, or are otherwise dangerous 
to human life, safety or health of the occupants or 
the occupants of adjacent properties or the public 
by reason of inadequate maintenance, dilapidation, 
obsolescence or abandonment, or by reason of 
occupancy or use in violation of law or ordinance, 
or were erected, moved, altered, constructed or 
maintained in violation of law or ordinance are, for 
the purpose of this chapter, unsafe. 

Whenever the Building Official determines by 
inspection that property or properties either 
improved or unimproved are unstable because of 
landslide, subsidence or inundation or that such 
occurrences are deemed imminent, the Building 
Official shall give written notice to the owner or 
owners that said property or properties are unsafe. 
The notice shall specify the conditions creating the 
unsafe classification. 

All such unsafe buildings, structures, property, 
or portions thereof, are hereby declared to be public 
nuisances and shall be vacated, repaired, altered or 
demolished as hereinafter provided. 

102A.1 Fire Hazard. No person, including but not 
limited to the state and its political subdivisions, 
operating any occupancy subject to these 
regulations shall permit any fire hazard, as defined 
in this section, to exist on premises under their 
control, or fail to take immediate action to abate a 
fire hazard when requested to do so by the 
enforcing agency. 

Note: "Fire hazard" as used in these 
regulations means any condition, arrangement or 
act which will increase, or may cause an increase of, 
the hazard or menace of fire to a greater degree 
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in the public service of preventing, suppressing or 
extinguishing fire; or which may obstruct, delay or 
hinder, or may become the cause of obstruction, 
delay or hindrance to the prevention, suppression or 
extinguishment of fire. 

102A.2 Authority to Enforce. Subject to other 
provisions of law, for administration, enforcement, 
actions, proceedings, abatement, violations and 
penalties in structures subject to State Housing 
Law, refer to Health and Safety Code Sections 
17910 through 17995.5 and California Code of 
Regulations, Title 25, Division 1, Chapter 1, 
Subchapter 1. 

102A.2.1 Mobilehome parks and special occupancy 
parks. Subject to other provisions of law, for 
administrative, enforcement, actions, proceedings, 
abatement, inspections and penalties applicable to 
the Mobilehome Parks Act, refer to California 
Health and Safety Code, commencing with Section 
18200 and California Code of Regulations, Title 25, 
Division 1, Chapter 2. 

102A.2.2 Employee Housing. Subject to other 
provisions of law, for administrative, enforcement, 
actions, proceedings, violations and penalties 
applicable to the Employee Housing Act, refer to 
Safety Code, Sections 17000 through 17062.5 and 
California Code of Regulations, Title 25, Division 1, 
Chapter 1, Subchapter 3. 

102A.3 Inspections and Complaints. The Building 
Official is hereby authorized to inspect or cause the 
inspection of any building, structure or property for 
the purpose of determining whether or not it is 
unsafe in any of the following circumstances: 

1. Whenever the Building Official, with 
reasonable discretion, determines that such 
inspection is necessary or desirable. 

2. Whenever any person files with the 
Building Official a complaint from which there is, 
in the Building Official's opinion, probable cause to 
believe that the building, structure or property or 
any portion thereof, is unsafe. 



3. Whenever an agency or Department of the 
City and County of San Francisco transmits to the 
Building Official a written report from which there 
is, in the opinion of the Building Official, probable 
cause to believe that the building, structure or 
property, or any portion thereof, is unsafe. 

Upon the completion of any such inspection and 
the finding by the Building Official of any condition 
which renders the building, structure or property 
unsafe, and a failure or refusal of the owner to 
apply for a building permit within 30 days of 
notification of such finding of any such condition, 
the Building Official shall, within 10 days 
thereafter, serve a written notice of violation upon 
the building owner which shall contain specific 
allegations, setting forth each condition the 
Building Official has found which renders the 
building, structure or property unsafe. The Building 
Official shall, within three days of mailing of such 
notice of violation, post a copy thereof in a 
conspicuous place in or upon such building, 
structure or property and provide a copy of the 
notice of violation to each tenant thereof. Such 
notice shall also set forth the penalties for violation 
prescribed in Section 103A of this code. In addition 
to the civil penalties prescribed in Section 103A, the 
Department's cost of preparation for and 
appearance at the hearing required by Section 102 
A.4, and all prior and subsequent attendant costs, 
shall be assessed upon the property owner. Said 
violations will not be deemed legally abated until the 
property owner makes full payment of the 
assessment of costs to the Central Permit Bureau. 
See Section llOA, Table lA-K- Penalties, Hearings, 
Code Enforcement Assessments- for the applicable 
rate. Failure to pay the assessment of costs shall 
result in tax lien proceedings against the property 
per Section 102A.18. 

If the unsafe conditions observed on the 
property have not been corrected within the time 
period provided, the matter shall be set for hearing 
within 30 days of the serving of such notice of 
violation, and notice of such hearing shall be given 
as hereinafter provided. The applicant may waive 
the hearing before the Building Official and request 
the matter go directly for hearing by the Abatement 
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102A.4 Notice of Hearing. 

102A.4.1 General. Notice ofhearing shall be given 
upon a form prescribed by the Building Official. It 
shall set forth the street address sufficient for 
identification of the property or premises upon 
which the building or structure is located. It shall 
contain or be attached to a copy of the notice of 
violation which includes a list of code violations. It 
shall state the date, hour and place of the hearing 
and shall order all interested parties who desire to 
be heard in the matter to appear before the Building 
Official to show cause why the property, building 
or structure, or portion thereof, should not be 
ordered repaired, altered, vacated and repaired or 
altered, or vacated and demolished. 

One copy of the notice of hearing and notice of 
violation, including the list of code violations, shall 
be posted in a conspicuous place upon the building 
or property. The notice shall also include a 
conspicuous warning which sets forth the penalties 
for violation prescribed in Section 103A of this code. 

One copy of the notice ofhearing and notice of 
violation, including the list of code violations, shall 
be served upon each of the following: 

1. The person, if any, in real or apparent 
charge and control of the premises involved. 

2. The owner of record. 

3. The holder of any mortgage, deed of trust, 
lien or encumbrance of record. 

4. The owner or holder of any lease of record. 

5. The record holder of any other estate or 
interest in the building, structure or property, or 
the land upon which it is located. 

102A.4.2 Method of service. The notice of hearing 
shall be served upon all persons entitled thereto, 
either personally or by certified or registered mail. 
Service by certified or registered mail shall be 
effective on the date of mailing if the certified or 



registered letter is mailed, postage prepaid, return 
receipt requested, to each such person as their 
address appears on the last annual tax roll of the 
county or at the address to which the most recent 
real property tax bill for said building, structure or 
property was mailed by the Tax Collector. If no 
such address appears on the annual tax roll of the 
county or the records of the Tax Collector, then a 
copy of the notice shall be addressed to such person 
at the address of the building, structure or property 
involved in the proceedings. The failure of any 
owner or other person to receive such notice shall 
not affect in any manner the validity of any 
proceedings taken hereunder. 

102A.4.3 Proof of service. The person serving 
notice as provided herein shall file an affidavit or 
declaration thereof under penalty of perjury, 
certifying to the time and manner in which such 
notice was given. Such person shall also file 
therewith any receipt card of such notice by 
certified or registered mail. The notice shall be 
posted and served at least 10 days prior to the date 
set for the hearing. 

102A.5 Hearing. The public hearing shall be held 
at the time and place designated in the notice of 
hearing. For good cause shown, a hearing may be 
continued by the Building Official, except that any 
such continuance shall not exceed 30 days and there 
shall be only one such continuance allowed. Subject 
to procedures prescribed by the Building Official 
for the orderly conduct of the hearing, all persons 
having an interest in the building, structure or 
property or having knowledge of facts material to 
the allegations of the notice of violation including 
the list of code violations, may present evidence for 
consideration by the Building Official. 

The Building Official may designate a deputy 
who may act in place of the Building Official as the 
hearing officer. The deputy shall have the same 
authority as the Building Official to hear and decide 
the case and to make any order hereinafter 
provided for. 

102A.6 Decision. The Building Official, after a full 
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received at the hearing, shall render within 30 days 
following the conclusion of such hearing, a decision 
in writing either dismissing the proceedings, or, if 
finding that the building, structure or property, or 
portion thereof, is unsafe, ordering that it be 
repaired, altered, vacated and altered or repaired, 
or vacated and demolished. 

102A.7 Contents of Order. The order shall contain 
a statement of the particulars which render the 
building, structure, or property unsafe and shall 
contain a statement of work required to be done and 
the time requirements for the execution of the 
order. 

102A.7.1 Address. The order shall set forth the 
street address of the building or structure, sufficient 
for identification. 

102A.7.2 Time. The order shall specify the time 
within which the premises or portion thereof shall 
be vacated, if ordered, and the time within which 
the work required is to be commenced, which time 
shall not be in excess of 60 days from the date of the 
order. The order shall further specify a reasonable 
time, not to exceed six months from commencement, 
within which the work shall be completed. 

102A.7.3 Extension for commencement. Upon 
written application of the owner and for good cause 
shown, and where no imminent risk to life and 
property is present, the Building Official may grant, 
in writing, one extension of time not to exceed 90 
days within which the required work must be 
commenced. 

102A.7.4 Extension for completion. The time for 
completion may be extended by the Building 
Official for good cause shown, except that such 
extension shall not exceed 90 days. Such extension 
shall be in writing upon the application of the owner 
and shall be limited to the minimum time necessary 
for completion. Only one such extension may be 
allowed. 

102A.8 Posting and Service of Order. A copy of the 
order shall be posted in a conspicuous place upon 
the building, structure or property and shall be 



served in the manner above prescribed in the case of 
the notice of hearing, upon all persons to whom the 
notice of hearing is required to be served, and a 
copy shall be recorded in the Assessor-Recorder's 
Office. 

102A.9 Compliance, Rescinding Order. When the 
property, building or structure or portion thereof 
that was determined to be unsafe, has been found to 
comply with requirements of the Building Official 
as to rehabilitation, alteration, repair or demolition, 
the Building Official shall issue and record in the 
Assessor-Recorder's Office an order rescinding the 
original order. 

102A.10 Appeal of Order. Any person may appeal 
from an order of the Building Official made 
pursuant to the provisions of Section 102A.7 and 
shall, at the hearing provided for in Section 102A.5 
and in said order, be apprised of the right of appeal 
to the Abatement Appeals Board, provided that the 
appeal is made in writing and filed with the 
Secretary of the Abatement Appeals Board within 
10 days after such order is posted and served. The 
10-day limitation shall not apply when any type of 
a moratorium authorized in this section is sought. 
Where construction materials, methods, types of 
construction, or compliance with the time limits set 
forth in Table No. 16B-A are the bases, in whole or 
in part, of the Building Official's finding that an 
unreinforced masonry building, or portion thereof, 
is unsafe, the Abatement Appeals Board shall refer 
these matters to the Unreinforced Masonry Building 
Appeals Board established in Section 105.7A of this 
code. Where construction materials, methods, and 
types of construction are the bases, in whole or in 
part, of the Building Official's finding that the 
building, or structure, or portion thereof, is unsafe, 
the Abatement Appeals Board shall refer these 
matters to the Board of Examiners for its 
examination and determination with respect to such 
materials, methods, and types of construction. 

The Board of Examiners or the Unreinforced 
Masonry Building Appeals Board shall approve or 
disapprove such materials, methods, and types of 
construction, and may attach conditions to its 
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the Abatement Appeals Board. The Abatement 
Appeals Board shall include in its decision the 
flndings of the Board of Examiners or the 
Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals Board. 



102A.11 
Order. 



Violation - Penalties for Disregarding 



102A.11.1 Failure to comply. The owner of any 
building, structure, or property or portion thereof 
determined by the Building Official to be unsafe 
who has failed to comply with any order shall be 
guilty of a misdemeanor as set forth in Section 
103A. 

102A.11.2 Failure to vacate. The occupant or lessee 
in possession who fails to comply with the order to 
vacate said building or portion thereof in 
accordance with any order given as provided for 
hereinabove shall be guilty of a misdemeanor as set 
forth in Section 103 A. 

102A.11.3 Removal of notice. Any person who 
removes any notice or order posted as required in 
this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor as set 
forth in Section 103 A. 

102A.12 Costs of Abatement by the City and 
County of San Francisco. Whenever the Building 
Official, pursuant to authority conferred by this 
code, causes a building, structure, or property, or 
portion thereof, to be barricaded, secured, repaired 
or altered, demolished, or have other actions taken 
by the Department or its contractor to remedy an 
unsafe condition, the cost thereof shall be paid from 
the Repair and Demolition Fund and assessed 
against said property. 

102A.13 Repair and Demolition Fund. A special 
revolving fund, to be known as the Repair and 
Demolition Fund, may be used for the purpose of 
defraying the costs and expenses (including 
Department administrative costs) which may be 
incurred by the Building Official in carrying out the 
actions described in Section 102A.12. 



necessary in order to expedite the performance of 
the work of securing, repairing, altering or 
demolition. The Repair and Demolition Fund shall 
be replenished with all funds collected under the 
proceedings hereinafter provided for, either upon 
voluntary payments or as the result of the sale of the 
property after delinquency, or otherwise. Balances 
remaining in the Repair and Demolition Fund at the 
close of any fiscal year shall be carried forward in 
such fund. 

102A.14 Failure to Comply with Order. Whenever 
an order to repair, alter, vacate and alter or repair, 
or vacate and demolish any building, structure or 
property, or portion thereof, has not been complied 
with within the time set by the Building Official, or 
within such additional time as the Building Official 
may for good cause extend, or within the time fixed 
by the Abatement Appeals Board, the Building 
Official shall have the power, in addition to any 
other remedy provided herein or by law or any 
other ordinance, to: 

1. Cause the building, structure, property, or 
portion thereof, to be vacated, barricaded, or 
otherwise secured against use or occupancy pending 
the correction of all conditions ordered to be 
corrected, or pending demolition; or 

2. Cause the building, structure, property, or 
portion thereof, to be dismantled or demolished and 
the site cleared by such means as the Building 
Official shall deem advisable; or 

3. Cause the building, structure, property, or 
portion thereof, to be repaired or altered, so as to 
render it safe and in compliance with applicable 
laws and ordinances, by such means as the Building 
Official shall deem advisable. 

Any work done pursuant to the authority 
herein shall be performed in accordance with the 
limitations as to repair expenditure as contained in 
Section 102A.16 and with the established practices 
applicable to the Department. 



The Board of Supervisors may, by transfer or 
by appropriation, establish or increase the special 
revolving fund with such sums as it may deem 



102A.15 Forfeiture of Owner's Right to Do Work. 
Whenever, pursuant to Section 102A.14, the 
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the work described therein, the Building Official 
shall provide notice in the manner set forth in 
Section 102A.4, of the Building Official's intention 
to do such work, and shall specify a date certain 
upon which the Building Official shall solicit bids to 
accomplish the necessary work, which shall be not 
sooner than 10 days from the date such notice is 
given. From and after said date certain the owner 
and every other person having charge or control 
over said building, structure or property shall be 
deemed to have forfeited all right to do such work 
and is thereafter prohibited from doing any such 
work except as the Building Official may allow. 

102A.16 Serious and Imminent Hazards - 
Emergency Orders. Notwithstanding any other 
provisions of this chapter, whenever, in the 
judgment of the Building Official, it appears from 
an inspection or notice of violation that there exists 
in, on, or near any building, structure, property, or 
portion thereof, any condition constituting an 
imminent and substantial hazard to the life, health 
or safety of the occupants or other persons, or to 
such building, structure, or property requiring 
prompt action to correct said condition, the 
Building Official shall have the power to issue an 
order in writing detailing the serious and imminent 
hazard conditions and requiring: 

1. That the building, structure, property, or 
portion thereof, be vacated and thereafter be kept 
vacant until the Building Official gives written 
permission that the same may be reoccupied, 
without giving the notice and holding the hearing 
prescribed in Sections 102A.4 through 102A.6, 
whenever, by reason of serious and imminent 
danger, prompt vacating of the premises, building, 
structure or property, or a portion thereof, appears 
necessary in the judgment of the Building Official; 

2. That the building, structure, property, or 
a portion thereof, be barricaded, boarded up, or 
otherwise secured against entry, occupancy or use 
by all persons, except as permitted by said order; 

3. That the building, structure, property, or 
a portion thereof, be demolished or that serious and 



imminent hazard conditions be repaired, altered, 
corrected or eliminated in accordance with the 
particulars set forth in the order. 

The order shall contain time frames required 
for compliance with the order and shall set forth the 
street address of the building or structure and a 
description of the building, structure, or property 
sufficient for identification. 

In such cases of serious and imminent hazard, 
the order may be issued by the Building Official 
without giving the notice and holding the hearing 
specified in Sections 102A.4 through 102A.6. A copy 
of said order shall be posted in a conspicuous place 
upon the building, structure, or property, a copy 
shall be served in the manner prescribed in Section 
102A.4, and a copy shall be recorded in the 
Assessor-Recorder's Office. 

The Building Official shall have the further 
power under this section to cause or compel the 
work required under the order to be undertaken by 
such means as the Building Official may deem 
advisable if the owner and all other persons having 
an interest in the building, structure, or property 
have failed, for a period of not more than 48 hours 
after the posting and service of the order, to comply 
with the order. 

Whenever the Building Official orders that 
repairs or alterations be made pursuant to this 
Section, the authority of the Building Official to 
repair or alter, or cause repairs or alterations to be 
made to comply with the order, shall be limited to 
repairs or alterations whose cost does not exceed 50 
percent of the value, as defined by the Assessor, of 
the building, structure, property, or portion thereof. 

102A.17 Assessment of Costs. The Building Official 
shall take action to have the costs of all work done 
or caused to be done pursuant to the provisions of 
Section 102A.14 or Section 102A.16 assessed against 
the parcel or parcels of land upon which said 
building, structure, property or portion thereof is 
situated. Such costs shall include, in addition to the 
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demolishing the building and the clearing of the site, 
the cost to the City and County of San Francisco of 
administration and supervision of such work. See 
Section llOA, Table lA-K - Penalties, Hearings, 
Code Enforcement Assessments - for applicable 
rates. 

102A.18 Report of Costs, Notice of Hearing on 
Confirmation. 

102A.18.1 Preparation of delinquency report. If 
any penalty or assessment imposed pursuant to 
Section 102A is not received within the required 
time period, the Building Official shall initiate 
proceedings to make the penalty or assessment, plus 
accrued interest, a special assessment lien against 
the real property which is the subject of the penalty 
or assessment. The Building Official shall prepare 
a delinquency report for the Board of Supervisors. 
For each delinquent account, the report shall 
contain the owner's name, the amount due, 
including interest, and a description of the real 
property. The report shall also indicate which of the 
delinquent accounts should be exempted from the 
lien procedure because of the small amounts 
involved, or because another debt collection 
procedure is more appropriate. The descriptions of 
the parcels shall be those used for the same parcels 
on the Recorder/Assessor's Office records for the 
current year. 

102A.18.2 Notice. Five days prior to forwarding 
the delinquency report to the Board of Supervisors, 
the Building Official shall serve copies of the report 
in the manner prescribed in Section 102A.4 and 
shall post the report at the subject properties. Upon 
receipt of the report, the Board of Supervisors shall 
fix a time, date and place for hearing the report and 
any protests or objections thereto, and shall mail 
notice of the hearing not less than ten days prior to 
the date of hearing to each owner of real property 
described in the report. 

102A.19 Hearing and Confirmation of Report for 
Special Assessment of Costs. 

102A.19.1 Hearing and confirmation. The Board of 
Supervisors shall hold a hearing on the report along 



with protests or objections by the representatives of 
the real property liable to be assessed for such 
delinquent accounts. The Board of Supervisors may 
make such revisions, corrections, or modifications 
of the report as it may deem just, after which, by 
motion or resolution, the report shall be confirmed. 
The Board of Supervisor's decision on the report 
and on all protests or objections thereto shall be 
final and conclusive and shall constitute 
confirmation of the report; provided, however, that 
any delinquent account may be removed from the 
report by payment in full at any time prior to 
confirmation of the report. The Clerk of the Board 
of Supervisors shall cause the confirmed report to 
be verified in form sufficient to meet recording 
requirements. 

102A.19.2 Collection of assessment. Upon 
confirmation of the report by the Board of 
Supervisors, the delinquent charges contained 
therein shall constitute a special assessment against 
the property identified in the report. Each such 
assessment shall be subordinate to all existing 
special liens previously imposed upon such property 
and shall be paramount to all other liens except 
those for State, County and municipal taxes with 
which it shall be in parity. The lien shall continue 
until the assessment and all interest due and 
payable thereon are paid. All laws applicable to the 
levy, collection and enforcement of municipal taxes 
shall be applicable to said special assessment. 

102A.19.3 Recordation charges. The Clerk of the 
Board of Supervisors shall cause the confirmed and 
verified report to be recorded in the 
Assessor-Recorder's Office within 10 days of its 
confirmation. The special assessment lien on each 
parcel or property described in said report shall 
include additional charges for administrative 
expenses. See Section llOA, Table lA-K- Penalties, 
Hearings, Code Enforcement Assessments - for 
Lien Recordation charges. 

102A.19.4 Filing with Controller and Tax 
Collector: Distribution of proceeds. After the 
report is recorded, the Clerk of the Board of 
Supervisors shall file a certified copy with the 
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the duty of said officers to add the amount of said 
special assessment to the next regular bill for taxes 
levied against said parcel or parcels, and thereafter 
said amount shall be collected at the same time and 
in the same manner as ordinary taxes are collected 
for the City and County of San Francisco, and shall 
be subject to the same penalties and the same 
procedures for foreclosure and sale in case of 
delinquency as is provided for property taxes. 

102A.19.5 Release of lien, recording fee. Upon 
payment to the Tax Collector of the special 
assessment, the Tax Collector shall cause a release 
lien to be recorded with the Assessor-Recorder's 
Office, and from the sum collected pursuant to 
Section 102A.19.3 above, shall pay to the 
Assessor-Recorder's Office the required recording 
fee. 

102A.20 Continuance ofGas and Electricity. In the 
event that electricity or gas service to a building, 
structure, property, or portion thereof is about to be 
discontinued by the utility company for 
nonpayment of bills, the Building Official, through 
the issuance of an Emergency Order, may order 
that the utility company continue said service to 
protect the life, health and safety of the occupants. 
Said order shall be issued pursuant to the provisions 
of Section 102A.16 of this code and shall remain in 
force for six months, unless otherwise specified by 
the Building Official. 

The funds for the continuance of said services 
shall be provided from the Repair and Demolition 
Fund. Said costs and administrative costs incurred 
by the City and County of San Francisco shall be 
assessed against the parcel or parcels of land upon 
which said building, structure or property is 
situated. See Section llOA, Table lA-K - Penalties, 
Hearings, Code Enforcement Assessments - for 
applicable rate. 

If payment is not received from the property 
owner within the required time period, a Report of 
Costs pursuant to Section 102A.18 shall be prepared 
for all such costs. Submittal, confirmation, 
recordation and collection of the special assessment 
shall follow the procedures provided in Section 
102A.19. 



The provisions of Section 102A.20 shall only 
apply to buildings, structures, property, or portions 
thereof for which the owner, and not the tenant, is 
responsible for payment of said utility bills. 



SECTION 103A - VIOLATIONS 

It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or 
corporation to erect, construct, enlarge, alter, 
repair, move, improve, remove, convert or 
demolish, equip, use, occupy or maintain any 
building, structure, property, or portions thereof or 
cause or permit the same to be done in violation of 
this code. 

Any person, the owner or the owner's 
authorized agent, who violates, disobeys, omits, 
neglects, or refuses to comply with, or resists or 
opposes the execution of any of the provisions of this 
code, shall be liable for a civil penalty, not to exceed 
$500 for each day such violation is committed or 
permitted to continue, which penalty shall be 
assessed and recovered in a civil action brought in 
the name of the people of the City and County of 
San Francisco by the City Attorney in any court of 
competent jurisdiction. Any penalty assessed and 
recovered in an action brought pursuant to this 
paragraph shall be paid to the City Treasurer and 
credited to the Department's Special Fund. 

Any person, the owner or the owner's 
authorized agent, who violates, disobeys, omits, 
neglects, or refuses to comply with, or who resists or 
opposes the execution of any of the provisions of this 
code, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon 
conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine not 
exceeding $500, or by imprisonment not exceeding 
six months, or by both such fine and imprisonment, 
unless otherwise provided in this code, and shall be 
deemed guilty of a separate offense for every day 
such violation, disobedience, omission, neglect or 
refusal shall continue. Any person who shall do any 
work in violation of any of the provisions of this 
code, and any person having charge of such work 
who shall permit it to be done, shall be liable to the 
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It shall be unlawful for any person to interfere 
with the posting of any notice provided for in this 
code, or to tear down or mutilate any such notice 
posted by the Department. 

103 A.l Pursuant to Health and Safety Code Section 
13112, any person who violates any order, rule or 
regulation of the state fire marshal is guilty of a 
misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than 
$100.00 or more than $500.00, or by imprisonment 
for not less than six months, or by both. A person is 
guilty of a separate offense each day during which 
he or she commits, continues or permits a violation 
of any provision of, or any order, rule or regulation 
of, the state fire marshal as contained in this code. 

Any inspection authority who, in the exercise of 
his or her authority as a deputy state fire marshal, 
causes any legal complaints to be filed or any arrest 
to be made shall notify the state fire marshal 
immediately following such action. 

103A.2 Actions and proceedings. Subject to other 
provisions of law, California Code of Regulations, 
Title 25, Division I, Chapter 1 commencing with 
Section 1 and Health and Safety Code, Sections 
17980 through 17995.5 address punishments, 
penalties and fines for violations of building 
standards in structures subject to the State Housing 
Law. 

103A.2.1 Actions and proceedings. Subject to other 
provisions of law, California Code of Regulations, 
Title 25, Division 1, Chapter 2 commencing with 
Section 1000 and Health and Safety Code, Section 
18700 addresses punishments, penalties and fines 
for violations of building standards subject to the 
Mobilehome Parks Act. 

103A.2.2 Actions and proceedings. Subject to other 
provisions of law, California Code of Regulations, 
Title 25, Division 1, Chapter 1 commencing with 
Section 600 and Health and Safety Code, Sections 
17060 through 17062.5 address punishments, 
penalties and fines for violations of building 
standards subject to the Employee Housing Act. 



103A.3 Restrictions of Unlawful Residential 
Demolition Replacement. 

103A.3.1 Demolition without permit. Whenever the 
demolition of any building or structure containing 
one or more residential units takes place without the 
issuance of a demolition permit as required by this 
code, the site on which the unlawful demolition 
occurred shall be subject to the following 
restriction: For five years from the date of the 
unlawful demolition, no permit authorizing the 
construction or alteration of any building or 
structure for that site shall be issued, except for a 
permit for the construction or alteration of a 
building or structure with the same number of 
residential units, with the same proportion of 
residential to nonresidential units, and with the 
same or fewer square feet as the building or 
structure that was unlawfully demolished. 

103A.3.2 Definitions. For the purposes of this 
section, the following definitions shall apply: 

DEMOLITION means the total tearing down 
or destruction of a building containing one or more 
residential units, or any alteration which destroys or 
removes, as those terms are defined by the Building 
Official of the Department of Building Inspection, 
principal portions of an existing structure 
containing one or more residential units. 

PRINCIPAL PORTION means that 
construction which determines the shape and size of 
the building envelope (such as the exterior walls, 
roof and interior bearing elements), or that 
construction which alters two-thirds or more of the 
interior elements (such as walls, partitions, floors or 
ceilings). 

RESIDENTIAL UNIT means any dwelling 
unit, as defined in this code, or any guest room, as 
defined in the San Francisco Housing Code, other 
than the following: 

1. Any guest room in a building classified as 
a residential hotel pursuant to the Residential Hotel 
Unit Conversion and Demolition Ordinance. 



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2. Any residential unit in a building where 
the demolition or alteration is required to comply 
with this code, the Housing Code or the City 
Planning Code. 

103A.3.3 Hearing. The Building Official shall hold 
a hearing within a reasonable period of time after 
discovering that an unlawful demolition may have 
taken place. The Building Official shall cause notice 
to be given to the owners of the affected property, 
and to the owners and occupants of property on the 
same block as the affected property's site and across 
the street from the site for one block (that is, on lots 
which abut the same street as that which abuts the 
site to the nearest intersections on either side of the 
site), using the names and addresses of the owners 
as shown on the last assessment rolls of the City and 
County of San Francisco. For corner lots, notice 
shall be provided to the owners and occupants of 
property on the same block as the affected 
property's site and for one block along both streets 
which the lot abuts (that is, on lots which abut the 
two streets which the site abuts to the nearest 
intersection on either side of the site) and, in 
addition, to the other corner lots at the intersection 
where the site is located. Notice may be given either 
by personal service or any mail, not less than 30 
days before the scheduled date of the hearing. 
Immediately after giving such notice, the Building 
Official shall cause a copy of the notice, printed on 
a card of not less than 8 inches by 10 inches (203.2 
mm X 254 mm), to be posted in a conspicuous place 
on the affected property. The notice shall specify the 
date and nature of the hearing and that the 
following issues will be determined at the hearing: 
whether an unlawful demolition has taken place as 
described in Sections 103A.3.1 and 103A.3.2, and, if 
so, the number of residential units that existed on 
the site, the proportion of residential to 
nonresidential units that existed on the site and the 
total square feet of the building or structure that 
existed on the site. Upon determination that an 
unlawful demolition has taken place, the Building 
Official shall promptly record a notice in the 
official records of the Recorder of the City and 
County of San Francisco; the recorded notice shall 
state that the property is subject to the restrictions 
set forth in Section 103A.3.1 of this code. 



Upon determination that an unlawful 
demolition has taken place, the Building Official 
shall assess the owner all costs incurred by the City 
and County of San Francisco in detecting violations 
of this section and conducting the Building 
Official's hearing by sending a notice of payment 
due to the property owner at the address shown on 
the City's last assessment rolls. The notice shall list 
the costs incurred by the City in detecting violations 
of the ordinance and conducting the Building 
Official's hearing, advise the owner that he or she is 
liable for these costs and advise the owner that 
payment to the City is due within 60 days of the 
mailing date of the notice. The notice shall also 
advise that, if payment of the costs is not received 
within 30 days of the due date, a lien may be 
imposed on the property pursuant to the report and 
confirmation procedure set forth in Sections 
102A.18 and 102A.19 of this code. 

103A.3.4 Civil penalties. Any agent, contractor or 
other person acting on behalf of the owner of a 
building or structure containing one or more 
residential units who causes or permits the 
demolition of the building or structure with the 
knowledge that a demolition permit has not been 
issued as required by this code shall be subject to a 
civil penalty of $5,000. Any owner who causes or 
permits the demolition of his or her building or 
structure containing one or more residential units 
with the knowledge that no demolition permit has 
been issued as required by this code shall be subject 
to a civil penalty of $1,000. 

103A.3.5 Penalties nonexclusive. The penalties set 
forth in this section are not exclusive, but are in 
addition to any other penalties set forth in this code. 



SECTION 104A - ORGANIZATION AND 
ENFORCEMENT 

104A.1 Enforcement Agency. The Department of 
Building Inspection shall be the administering and 
enforcing agency under this code. 

104A.2.1 General. The Building Official is hereby 
authorized and directed to enforce all the provisions 
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Official shall have the powers of a law enforcement 
officer. 

Pursuant to Health and Safety Code Section 13108, 
upon the written request of the chief fire official of 
any city, county or fire-protection district, the State 
Fire Marshal may authorize such chief fire official 
and his or her authorized representatives, in their 
geographical area of responsibility, to make 
fire-prevention inspections of state-owned or 
state-occupied buildings, other than state 
institutions, for the purpose of enforcing the 
regulations relating to fire and panic safety adopted 
by the State Fire Marshal pursuant to this section 
and building standards relating to fire and panic 
safety published in the California Building 
Standards Code. Authorization from the State Fire 
Marshal shall be limited to those fire departments 
or fire districts which maintain a fire-prevention 
bureau staffed by paid personnel. 

Pursuant to Health and Safety Code Section 13108, 
any requirement or order made by any chief fire 
official who is authorized by the State Fire Marshal 
to make fire-prevention inspections of state-owned 
or state occupied buildings, other than state 
institutions, may be appealed to the State Fire 
Marshal. The State Fire Marshal shall, upon 
receiving an appeal and subject to the provisions of 
Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 18945) of Part 
2, 5 of Division 13 of the Health and Safety Code, 
determine if the requirement or order made is 
reasonably consistent with the fire and panic safetj^ 
regulations adopted by the Office of the State Fire 
Marshal and building standards relating to fire and 
panic safety published in the California Building 
Code. 

The Building Official shall have the power to render 
interpretations of this code and to adopt and 
enforce rules and supplemental regulations to 
clarify the application of its provisions. Such 
interpretations, rules and regulations shall be in 
conformance with the intent and purpose of this 
code. Such rules and regulations, commonly 
referred to as Code Rulings and Administrative 
Bulletins supplemental to this code shall not take 



effect until approved by the Building Inspection 
Commission and signed by the Building Official 
except in unusual circumstances where the Building 
Official has determined that there is an immediate 
need to protect the public health and safety. When 
the Building Official finds that such circumstances 
exist, the Building Official may order immediate 
enforcement of a particular rule or regulation. The 
Building Official shall arrange for a subscription 
service to such rules and regulations, the entire cost 
of which is to be borne by the subscribers. 

NOTE; "Code Rulings" and "Administrative 
Bulletins" may be found in the Department's Rules 
and Regulations printed at the back of this code. 

104A.2.2 Deputies. In accordance with prescribed 
procedures and with the approval of the appointing 
authority, the building official may appoint such 
number of technical officers and inspectors and 
other employees as shall be authorized from time to 
time. The building official may deputize such 
inspectors or employees as may be necessary to 
carry out the functions of the code enforcement 
agency. 

Section 104A.2.3 Right of entry. When it is 
necessary to make an inspection to enforce the 
provisions of this code or other codes or ordinances, 
or when the Building Official has reasonable cause 
to believe that there exists in a building or upon a 
premises a condition that is contrary to or in 
violation of this code or other codes or ordinances 
that makes the building or premises unsafe, 
dangerous or hazardous, the Building Official may 
enter the building or premises at reasonable times 
to inspect or to perform the duties imposed by this 
code or other codes or ordinances, provided that if 
such building or premises be occupied that 
credentials be presented to the occupant and entry 
requested. If such building or premises be 
unoccupied, the Building Official shall first make a 
reasonable effort to locate the owner or other 
person having charge or control of the building or 
premises and request entry. If entry is refused, the 
Building Official shall have recourse to the remedies 
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104A.2.4 Stop orders. Whenever any work is being 
done contrary to the provisions of this code, or 
other pertinent laws or ordinances implemented 
through the enforcement of this code, the building 
official may order the work stopped by notice in 
writing served on any persons engaged in the doing 
or causing such work to be done, and any such 
persons shall forthwith stop such work until 
authorized by the building official to proceed with 
the work. 

104A.2.5 Occupancy violations. Whenever any 
building, structure, property or portion thereof 
regulated by this code is being used contrary to the 
provisions of this code or the code in effect at the 
time the use was commenced, the Building Official 
may order such use discontinued and the building, 
structure, property or portion thereof, vacated by 
notice served on any person involved in said use or 
causing such use to be continued. Such person shall 
discontinue the use within the time prescribed by 
the Building Official after receipt of such notice to 
make the building, structure, property or portion 
thereof, comply with the requirements of this code; 
provided, however, that in the event of an unsafe 
building, structure or property the provisions of 
Section 102A shall apply. 

104A.2.6 Liability. The building official charged 
with the enforcement of this code, acting in good 
faith and without malice in the discharge of the 
duties required by this code or other pertinent law 
or ordinance shall not thereby be rendered 
personally liable for damages that may accrue to 
persons or property as a result of an act or by 
reason of an act or omission in the discharge of such 
duties. A suit brought against the building official 
or employee because of such act or omission 
performed by the building official or employee in 
the enforcement of any provision of such codes or 
other pertinent laws or ordinances implemented 
through the enforcement of this code or enforced by 
the code enforcement agency shall be defended by 
this jurisdiction until final termination of such 
proceedings, and any judgment resulting therefrom 
shall be assumed by this jurisdiction. 



This code shall not be construed to relieve from or 
lessen the responsibility of any person owning, 
operating or controlling any building or structure 
for any damages to persons or property caused by 
defects, nor shall the code enforcement agency or its 
parent jurisdiction be held as assuming any such 
liability by reason of the inspections authorized by 
this code or any permits or certificates issued under 
this code. 

104A.2.7 Modifications. When there are practical 
difficulties involved in carrying out the provisions of 
this code, the building official may grant 
modifications for individual cases. The building 
official shall first find that a special individual 
reason makes the strict letter of this code 
impractical and that the modifications are in 
conformance with the intent and purpose of this 
code and that such modifications does not lessen any 
fire-protection requirements or any degree of 
structural integrity. The details of any action 
granting modifications shall be recorded and 
entered in the files of the code enforcement agency. 

104A.2.7.1 Local Equivalencies. Due to unique 
topographical conditions in the City and County of 
San Francisco, including but not limited to the 
City's built environment and historic pattern of 
development, equivalencies to certain code 
requirements have been developed by the 
Department and are approved on an individual 
basis if specific conditions are met. Wherever in this 
code a reference to Local Equivalency is made, 
details of the equivalency to the specific code 
requirement may be found in the Department's 
Rules and Regulations printed at the back of this 
code. 

104A.2.8 Alternate materials, design, and methods 
of construction. The provisions of this code are not 
intended to prevent the use of any material, 
alternate design or method of construction not 
specifically prescribed by this code, provided any 
alternate has been approved and its use authorized 
by the building official. 

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the proposed design is satisfactory and complies 
with the provisions of this code and that the 
material, method or work offered is, for the purpose 
intended, at least the equivalent of that prescribed 
in this code in suitability, strength, effectiveness, 
fire resistance, durability, safety and sanitation. 

The building official shall require that 
sufficient evidence or proof be submitted to 
substantiate any claims that may be made regarding 
its use. The details of any action granting approval 
of an alternate shall be recorded and entered in the 
files of the code enforcement agency. 

104A.2.8.1 Alternate for materials, design, tests and 
methods of construction. Subject to other provisions 
of law, alterations, repairs, replacements, 
occupancy, use and maintenance provisions, and 
moved buildings are referenced in the State Housing 
Law, Health and Safety Code, Sections 17912, 
17920.3, 17922 (c), 17922.3, 17958.8 and 17958.9 and 
California Code of Regulations, Title 25, Chapter 1 
commencing with Section 1. Health and Safety Code 
Sections 17958.8 and 17958.9 are repeated here to 
provide clarity and read as follows: 

Section 17958.8. Local ordinances or 
regulations governing alterations and repair of 
existing buildings shall permit the replacement, 
retention, and extension of original materials and 
the use of original methods of construction as long 
as the hotel, lodging house, motel, apartment house, 
or dwelling, or portions thereof, or building and 
structure accessory thereto, complies with the 
provisions published in the California Building 
Standards Code and the other rules and regulations 
of the department or alternative local standards 
adopted pursuant to Section 13143.2 and does not 
become or continue to be a substandard building. 

Section 17958.9. Local ordinances or 
regulations governing the moving of apartment 
houses and dwellings shall, after July 1, 1978, 
permit the retention of existing materials and 
methods of construction so long as the apartment 
house or dwelling complies with the building 
standards for foundation applicable to nev^ 
construction, and does not become or continue to be 
a substandard building. 



104A.2.8.3 Approval and evaluation of materials or 
systems, methods and types of construction, 
fabricators, and testing or plan review agencies. 
General. This section is applicable to evaluations 
conducted and to approvals granted by the 
Department, for use in San Francisco, for alternate 
materials not covered in this code; for plant 
fabrications of building components which normally 
require special inspection; for testing or plan review 
agencies; for evaluation of materials, product 
methods and types of construction. 

Any approval shall be void if, after approval, 
the design or nature of the device or material, the 
method of construction, the quality control 
program, or the capabilities of the agency, are 
found to deviate in any way from that represented 
to the Department or the conditions of approval, 
without first obtaining written authorization from 
the Building Official. 

Any approval may be suspended or revoked if 
the Building Official finds the approved device or 
material, method of construction, or quality control 
program does not meet the requirements of Sections 
104A.2.8 or 1701 to such an extent that the approval 
should not have been granted. See Section llOA, 
Table lA-J - Product Approvals - for applicable 
fees. The fees specified are application fees and are 
not refundable regardless of whether the action 
taken is an approval or a denial or whether a 
subsequent request for hearing by the Board of 
Examiners is filed, except for the case where an 
application was filed at the request or on the advice 
of the Department for situations which subsequently 
are determined to not require an approval. 

Each approval shall become null and void 
unless renewed within the specified period. 

104A.2.9 Tests. Whenever there is insufficient 
evidence of compliance with any of the provisions of 
this code or evidence that any material or 
construction does not conform to the requirements 
of this code, the building official may require tests 
as proof of compliance to be made at no expense to 
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Test methods shall be as specified by this code 
or by other recognized test standards. If there are 
no recognized and accepted test methods for the 
proposed alternate, the building official shall 
determine test procedures. 

All tests shall be made by an approved agency. 
Reports of such tests shall be retained by the 
building official for the period required for the 
retention of public records. 

104A.2.10 Cooperation of other officials and 
officers. The building official may request, and 
shall receive, the assistance and cooperation of other 
officials of this jurisdiction so far as is required in 
the discharge of the duties required by this code or 
other pertinent law or ordinance. 

104A.2.11 Code revisions. The Building Official 
shall transmit to the Building Inspection 
Commission, at intervals not exceeding three years, 
recommendations for changes to this code, based on 
studies of the following: 

1. Requests of the Board of Examiners for 
modifications from the code, and for 
approvals of alternate materials, alternate 
designs and methods of construction. 

2. Code changes recommended by the Board 
of Examiners. 

3. Code changes recommended by the Code 
Advisory Committee or other bodies subordinate to 
the Building Inspection Commission. 

4. Results obtained and problems 
encountered in legal actions taken to correct code 
violations. 

5. Changes or improvements in materials, 
methods of construction or design, and changes 
proposed by interested persons. 

6. Investigations of fire and structural 
damage to buildings, and of determination of 
unsatisfactory building performance. 



7. Periodic changes to the California 
Building Code and other State regulations 
which may affect this code. 

8. Administrative Bulletins and Code Rulings 
currently in effect. 

9. Violations of the code found on inspections 
or investigations. 

104A.3 Service of Notices. 

104A.3.1 Notices sent. Whenever a notice is 
required to be given under this code, unless 
different provisions are otherwise specifically made, 
such notice may be given either by personal delivery 
to the person to be notified or by deposit in the 
United States mail in a sealed envelope, postage 
prepaid, addressed to the person to be notified at 
such person's last known business or residence 
address. Service by mail shall be deemed to be have 
been completed at the time of deposit in the United 
States mail. 

104A.3.2 Proof of notice. Proofofgiving any notice 
may be made by the certificate of any officer or 
employee of the City and County of San Francisco 
or by affidavit of any person over the age of 
eighteen years, which shows service in conformity 
with the San Francisco Municipal Code or other 
provisions or law applicable to the subject matter 
concerned. 



104A.4 
Fund. 



Code Enforcement and Rehabilitation 



104A.4.1 Establishment. There is hereby 
established in the Treasury of the City and County 
of San Francisco a special fund to be known and 
designated as the Code Enforcement and 
Rehabilitation Fund, into which shall be deposited 
all funds allocated by the State Controller from the 
Local Agency Code Enforcement and Rehabilitation 
Fund. 

104A.4.2 Use of funds. The Code Enforcement and 
Rehabilitation Fund shall be used exclusively for 
any or all of the following purposes which is 
mandated by State law: 



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1. To defray costs incurred in the 
enforcement of local housing code provisions. 

2. To fund housing rehabilitation programs 
for persons and families of low and moderate 
income, as defined in Section 50093 of the State 
Health and Safety Code. 

3. To prevent or minimize displacement of 
tenants and homeowners as a result of local 
enforcement activities. 

104A.4.3 Hardship loans. The Building Official 
may make a hardship loan to the owner-occupant of 
a one, two or three unit residential building, or to 
the owner of a condominium unit in an apartment 
house, to correct any condition within the unit 
owned by the borrower and the borrower's share of 
the required work in the public areas, which the 
Building Official has found to be unsafe pursuant to 
Section 102A, provided that the owner provides the 
Building Official with evidence that the owner: 

1. Has title to the property and is an 
owner-occupant thereof; 

2. Is of low or moderate income, i.e., 80 
percent of the median income for San Francisco 
households of comparable size, as determined by the 
Department of Housing and Urban Development; 



3. Is unable to obtain comparable financing; 



and 



4. Agrees to give priority to the removal of 
serious and imminent hazards in the expenditure of 
the loan proceeds. The loans shall be interest-free, 
deferred-payment, and due and payable upon sale 
or transfer of the property or termination of owner 
occupancy. The maximum amount of the loan is 
$15,000 and the minimum is $250. 

The loan repayment shall be to the Code 
Enforcement and Rehabilitation Fund. The 
Building Official shall have authority to establish 
rules and procedures for the implementation of this 
program. 



104A.4.4 Administration and expenditures of fund. 
The procedure of administering the Code 
Enforcement and Rehabilitation Fund shall 
conform to the provisions of the Charter of the City 
and County of San Francisco and the procurement 
procedure as prescribed by the Controller and the 
purchaser of supplies; provided, however, that the 
funds received from the Local Agency Code 
Enforcement and Rehabilitation Fund shall not be 
included as revenue in the budget, and shall be 
appropriated by separate ordinance of the Board of 
Supervisors. 

104A.5 Building Inspection Fund. All fees collected 
pursuant to this code shall be deposited into the 
Building Inspection Fund established by the City 
Controller pursuant to Section 10.117-78 of the San 
Francisco Administrative Code. This fund shall be 
used by the Department, subject to the approval of 
the Building Inspection Commission, to defray costs 
incurred for, but not limited to, personnel, supplies, 
and equipment used in evaluating the applications, 
maintaining files and records, and for disseminating 
information, reviewing plans and making 
inspections to determine compliance with the 
conditions of approvals. Any charges established by 
the Building Official or the Building Inspection 
Commission for copies of approvals, publications or 
other Department records shall be deposited into 
this fund. 

104A.6.1 Definitions. For the purposes of this 
section, the following definitions shall apply: 

DEDICATED TELEPHONE NUMBER means 
a telephone number for a recorded message in a 
language of limited English proficient residents. The 
recorded message shall advise callers as to what 
information they should leave on the message 
machine so that the Department may return the call 
with information about the notice in the requested 
language. 

LANGUAGE OF LIMITED ENGLISH 
PROFICIENT RESIDENTS means each of the two 
languages other than English spoken most 
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English proficiency as determined by the Planning 
Department based on its annual review of United 
States census and other data as required by San 
Francisco Administrative Code Section 91.2(j). 

104A.6.2 Applicability of multiple language 
requirement. The requirements of Section 104A.6.3 
shall apply to the following notices: 

1. Notices required by Section 103A.3.3 that 
are mailed or personally served. 

2. Notices required by Section 106A.3.2.2.1. 

3. Notices required by Section 106A.3.2.3. 

4. Notices required by Section 106A.4.6, 
Subsection 2. 

5. Notices required by Section 106A.4.6, 
Subsection 3. 

6. Notices required by Section 3408.3.2. 

7. Any other notices required by the Building 
Code to be mailed or personally served to property 
owners or occupants adjacent to or near a property 
for which Building Department development 
approval is sought. 

104A.6.3 Multiple language statement in notices. 
The Building Department shall prepare a cover 
sheet as specified below and include it with each 
notice of the type listed in Section 104A.6.2 that is 
mailed or personally served. For posted notices 
listed in Section 104A.6.2, the Department shall post 
the cover sheet next to the posted notice. The cover 
sheet shall contain the following statement, printed 
in each language of limited English proficient 
residents and, to the extent available Department 
resources allow, such other languages that the 
Department determines desirable, with the name of 
the language in which the statement is made, the 
time period for a decision on the matter and the 
dedicated telephone number for the language of the 
statement inserted in the appropriate blank spaces: 



'^The attached notice is provided under the Building 
Code. It concerns property located at the address 
shown on the attached notice. A hearing may occur, 
a right to request review may expire or a 
development approval may become final unless 
appealed within [insert days until a hearing or 
deadline for requesting review or appealing a 
decision]. To obtain information about this notice in 
[insert name of language] please call [insert 
dedicated telephone number]. Please be advised that 
the Building Department will require at least one 
business day to respond to any call. Provision of 
information in [insert name of language] is provided 
as a service by the Building Department and does 
not grant any additional rights or extend any time 
limits provided by applicable law." 

The Department shall maintain a dedicated 
telephone number for each language of limited 
English proficient residents. The Department shall 
place a return telephone call by the end of the 
following business day to each person who leaves a 
message concerning a neighborhood notice at a 
dedicated telephone number and, when the caller is 
reached, provide information to the caller about the 
notice in the language spoken by the caller. 



SECTION 105A. BOARDS, COMMISSIONS 
AND COMMTTTEES 

105A.1 Board of Examiners. 

105A.1.1 Establishment. There is hereby created a 
Board of Examiners who are qualified by 
experience and training to pass upon matters 
pertaining to building design and construction. The 
functions of the Board of Examiners shall be: 

105A.1.1.1 To determine whether specific new 
materials, new methods and types of construction 
comply with the standards of safety established by 
this code, and to recommend the approval or 
disapproval of such new materials, new methods 
and types of construction. 

105A.1.1.2 To determine whether variances from 
the requirements of this code should be approved 



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for specific cases where new materials, new methods 
and types of construction are not involved, and 
where the enforcement of compliance therewith 
would result in unreasonable hardship. 

105A.1.1.3 To recommend to the Building Official 
reasonable interpretations of the provisions of this 
code. 

105A.1.1.4 To hear appeals from any Abatement 
Order of the Building Official involvingconstruction 
methods, assemblies or materials or where safety is 
involved. 

A copy of the findings of the Board of Examiners 
shall be forwarded to the Abatement Appeals 
Board. 

Matters involving compliance with Chapters 16B 
and 16C and other related structural provisions of 
this code regulating the strengthening of 
unreinforced masonry bearing wall buildings shall 
be heard by the Unreinforced Masonry Building 
Appeals Board as provided in Section 105A.7. 

105A.1.2 Definition. The term ^'standard of 
safety," as used in this section, shall mean the 
general degree of safety conforming to the 
provisions of this code as required to safeguard life 
or limb, health and public welfare. 

105A.1.3 Intent. It is the intent of this section that 
new materials, new methods and types of 
construction which do not comply with the 
standards of safety established by this code shall in 
no event be approved; but that the requirements of 
this code, other than those involving such standards 
of safety, may be modified or waived under the 
circumstances set forth in this section. 

105A.1.4 Membership. The Board of Examiners 
shall consist of 10 members, which shall include one 
plumbing member and one electrical member, who 
shall serve only when cases related to plumbing or 
electrical code issues are being considered, and one 
high-rise sprinkler member who shall serve only 
when cases related to high-rise sprinkler issues are 
being considered. All members are to be appointed 



by the Building Inspection Commission and shall 
serve at the Building Inspection Commission's 
pleasure for a three-year term or until a successor 
is appointed. The present members shall be 
continued in office until the expiration of their 
terms. 

In the event a vacancy occurs during the term of 
office of any member of the Board of Examiners, a 
new appointment shall be made in a manner similar 
to that described herein for new members. 

The membership shall consist of: 

1. A registered structural engineer. 

2. A registered mechanical engineer. 

3. A registered electrical engineer. 

4. A registered fire protection engineer. 

5. A licensed general contractor. 

6. A licensed architect. 

7. A building trades representative. 

8. As the plumbing member, a licensed 
plumbing contractor. 

9. As the electrical member, a licensed 
electrical contractor. 

10. As a high-rise sprinkler member, one 
building owner representative. 

The terms "registered" and "licensed" shall be 
understood to mean by the State of California. The 
Building Inspection Commission shall make such 
appointments after giving careful consideration to 
nominations made by technical associations and 
general contractor organizations including the 
Consulting Engineers Association of California, the 
Structural Engineers Association of Northern 
California, the San Francisco District of the 
Associated General Contractors of California, the 
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San Francisco, the San Francisco Electrical 
Contractors Association, the San Francisco Chapter 
of the American Institute of Architects, and the San 
Francisco Building Trades Council. Each member 
of the Board of Examiners shall receive 
compensation of $125 per meeting attended. 

The following shall constitute ex officio 
members of the Board of Examiners, without vote 
and without compensation: The Building Official, 
who shall act as Secretary of the Board of 
Examiners, and the Fire Marshal. 

In the event a member cannot attend meetings 
of the Board of Examiners for a period of three or 
more consecutive meetings due to illness, work away 
from San Francisco, or any other valid reason, the 
Building Inspection Commission may appoint an 
alternate member representing the same profession 
or trade as the absent member and meeting the 
same registration or licensing requirements as the 
absent member. The appointment of such alternate 
need not require solicitation of nominees from the 
respective organizations. The alternate shall serve 
on the Board of Examiners until the return of the 
absent member or until the expiration of the absent 
member's term, whichever comes first. The 
compensation indicated in section 4 above shall be 
paid the alternate member for each meetings 
attended. The alternate member shall, during the 
time of service on the Board of Examiners, have all 
the rights, duties, and privileges of a duly appointed 
member of the Board of Examiners. 

105A.1.5 Board of Examiners's authority with 
respect to applications for approval of materials, 
methods and types of construction. Where 
application has been made to the Building Official 
to approve new materials, new methods and types of 
construction which the applicant believes meet the 
standards of safety set by this code, and where the 
approval of such application has been denied by the 
Building Official, the Board of Examiners shall 
have authority, at the request of the applicant, to 
determine whether such materials, methods and 
types of construction comply therewith. 



105A.1.5.1 The Board of Examiners shall adopt 
rules and specifications for examining and testing 
proposed materials and methods of construction. A 
copy of such rules and specifications shall be 
furnished to the applicant. 

105A.1.5.2 The applicant shall cause to be made, at 
the applicant's expense, all reasonable tests and 
examinations required by the Board of Examiners 
to substantiate the applicant's claims that any 
proposed new materials, new methods and types of 
construction comply with the standards of safety 
established by this code. 

105A.1.5.3 The Board of Examiners shall have 
power to call upon such experts as it deems 
necessary to consider and report upon the technical 
matters concerning such application. The 
engagement of the services of such experts shall be 
with the consent of and at the expense of the 
applicant, and the Board of Examiners shall have 
power to require security for the payment of such 
expense. Such expense shall be in addition to the 
required filing fees as set forth in Section llOA, 
Table lA-K - Penalties, Hearings, Code 
Enforcement Assessments. Any official or employee 
of the City and County of San Francisco called upon 
by the Board of Examiners shall serve without 
compensation beyond their normal salary. 

105A.1.5.4 The Board of Examiners shall certify the 
results of examinations and tests, together with its 
recommendation on the application, to the Building 
Official. If the Board of Examiners recommends 
approval, the Building Official shall thereupon 
approve the materials or methods of construction. 
The Board of Examiners shall have power to attach 
such conditions to its recommendations as it deems 
necessary in the interest of public safety, and the 
Building Official's approval shall be granted 
subject to such conditions. 

105A.1.6 Board of Examiners' authority with 
respect to applications for variances from code 
requirements. Where new materials, new methods 
and types of construction are not involved, the 
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the application for a permit, the approval of which 
would require a variance from the provisions of this 
code. 



any question in which the member, or any 
corporation in which the member is a shareholder 
or holds an interest. 



If the Board of Examiners finds that such variance 
will not result in a condition less safe and less 
desirable from the viewpoint of public welfare than 
would result from the enforcement of compliance 
with such provisions, it shall recommend to the 
Building Official the approval of such permit. Upon 
receipt of such recommendation, the Building 
Official shall approve such permit. The Board of 
Examiners may attach to such recommendations 
any conditions which public safety and welfare may 
require, and the Building Official in approving such 
permit shall incorporate such conditions therein. 

105A.1.7 Application for consideration by Board of 
Examiners. All applications to the Board of 
Examiners shall be made in writing and shall be 
filed with the Secretary of the Board of Examiners. 
The Board of Examiners shall act upon each 
application without unreasonable or unnecessary'' 
delay. See Section llOA, Table lA-K - Penalties, 
Hearings, Code Enforcement Assessments - for 
applicable fee. 

105A.1.8 Procedure. The Board of Examiners shall 
establish reasonable rules and regulations for its 
own procedures not inconsistent with the provisions 
of this code and the Charter of the City and County 
of San Francisco. The Board of Examiners, by a 
majority vote, shall choose its officers, which shall 
consist of the President and Vice-President. 

105A.1.9 Meetings. Meetings of the Board of 
Examiners shall be held at the call of the Secretary 
of the Board of Examiners and at such times and 
places as the Board of Examiners may determine. 
All meetings of the Board of Examiners shall be 
public meetings. 

105A.1.10 Quorum. Four members ofthe Board of 
Examiners shall constitute a quorum, and action of 
the Board of Examiners shall require thei 
affirmative votes of not less than three members. No 
member ofthe Board of Examiners shall pass upon 



105A.1.11 Decisions by resolution. Every decision 
and recommendation of the Board of Examiners 
shall be by resolution filed with the Building 
Official. A copy shall be mailed to the applicant. A 
copy shall also be sent to other interested bureaus or 
departments charged with the enforcement of this 
code. The Board of Examiners shall arrange for a 
subscription service to its agenda and decisions, the 
entire cost of which shall be borne by the 
subscribers. 

105A.1.12 Record of meetings. The Board of 
Examiners shall maintain a tape recording of each 
meeting. Upon request, these tape recordings shall 
be made available for duplication by independent 
agencies with proper security afforded as 
determined by the Building Official. All costs of 
duplication shall be borne by the party requesting 
duplication. 

105A.2 Abatement Appeals Board. 

105A.2.1 Establishment. There is hereby 
established an Abatement Appeals Board, consisting 
of the seven members of the Building Inspection 
Commission, to pass upon matters pertaining to 
housing, building and construction. 

105A.2.2 Membership. Members ofthe Abatement 
Appeals Board shall be the Building Inspection 
Commission who are appointed and serve for the 
terms as prescribed by the Charter of the City and 
County of San Francisco. The Building Official or 
designee shall act as Secretary to the Abatement 
Appeals Board. 

105A.2.3 Powers. Except for cases involving 
disabled access, which shall be heard by the Access 
Appeals Commission, the Abatement Appeals Board 
shall have the power to hear and decide appeals 
from Orders of Abatement after public hearing by 
the Building Official of Building Inspection, and to 
hear direct appeals pursuant to Section 102A. See 
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105A.2.8.7 Rescission of moratorium. At any time 
during the term of a moratorium, any person, 
including the Building Official, may request that the 
Abatement Appeals Board rescind the moratorium 
by filing a written request with the Board. The 
Board shall hold a hearing on the request and issue 
separate findings and decisions regarding each such 
request for a rescission. Any request for a rescission 
of the moratorium shall be subject to the notice and 
hearing procedures of this section. 

105A.2.8.8 Violations listed. The moratorium shall 
apply only to those code violations expressly listed 
therein. All other violations which exist and are not 
so listed in the findings and decisions granting the 
moratorium shall be abated in accordance with 
Section 102A. 

105A.2.8.9 Duration. Once the Board's order 
granting a moratorium is issued, the building is no 
longer considered a nuisance or a substandard 
building for the duration of the moratorium with 
respect to those code violations expressly listed in 
the Board's findings and decisions. 

105A.2.9 Failure to comply. Upon the failure of 
any owner to comply with the order of the Building 
Official or the Abatement Appeals Board, thematter 
shall be referred within five days to the City 
Attorney's Office for appropriate legal action. 

105A.2.10 Compensation. The members of the 
Abatement Appeals Board shall serve without 
compensation. 

105A.3 Access Appeals Commission. 

105A.3.1 Establishment; Composition; Purpose. 
Pursuant to the provisions of Section 19957.5 of the 
Health and Safety Code of the State of California, 
there is hereby established an Appeals Board to be 
known as the Access Appeals Commission 
composed of five members to hear written appeals 
brought by any person regarding action taken by 
the Department in the enforcement of the 
requirements of Part 5.5 (commencing with Section 
19955), Division 13 of the Health and Safety Code of 
the State of California, including the exceptions 



contained in Section 19957 thereof, as well as action 
taken by the Department in the enforcement of the 
disabled access and adaptability provisions of this 
code. 

105A.3.2 Appointments; Qualifications; Terms; 
Vacancies; Compensation. Members of the Access 
Appeals Commission shall be qualified and 
appointed as follows: 

1. Two members of the Access Appeals 
Commission shall be persons with a physical 
disability, two members shall be experienced in 
construction, and one member shall be a public 
member. All shall be appointed by the Building 
Inspection Commission and serve at its pleasure. 
The terms shall be staggered and the term of each 
member shall be four years. Members shall 
continue in office until the expiration of his or her 
term and until his or her successor is appointed and 
qualified. 

2. Upon a vacancy occurring in the 
membership of the Access Appeals Commission and 
upon the expiration in the term of office of any 
member, a successor shall be appointed by the 
Building Inspection Commission. When a vacancy 
occurs for any reason other than the expiration of a 
term of office, the appointee to fill such vacancy 
shall hold office for the unexpired term of his or her 
predecessor. The members of the Access Appeals 
Commission shall be reimbursed at $125 per 
meeting attended. The Building Official or his or 
her designated representative shall act as Secretary 
of the Access Appeals Commission, without vote 
and without additional compensation. The 
Department shall provide necessary staff service to 
the Access Appeals Commission. 

105A.3.3 Powers and duties; Finality. The Access 
Appeals Commission shall conduct hearings on 
written appeals made under Section 105A.3.4 
hereof. In hearing such appeals, the Access Appeals 
Commission may approve or disapprove the 
Department's interpretations of Part 5.5, Division 
13 of the Health and Safety Code of the State of 
California and of the disability access and 
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actions taken by the Department to enforce said 
requirements and abate violations. All such 
approvals or disapprovals shall be final and 
conclusive as to the Department, in the absence of 
fraud or prejudicial abuse of discretion. See Section 
llOA, Table lA-K - Penalties, Hearings, Code 
Enforcement Assessments - for applicable fee. 

105A.3.4 Form of appeal-Action on. All appeals to 
the Access Appeals Commission shall be made in 
writing and shall be filed with the Secretary of the 
Access Appeals Commission. The Access Appeals 
Commission shall act upon each appeal without 
unreasonable or unnecessary delay. 

105A.3.4.1 Rehearings. The Access Appeals 
Commission may rehear an appeal upon which a 
decision has been rendered upon motion of a 
member of the Access Appeals Commission and 
upon the affirmative vote of at least three of its 
members, provided that a request for a rehearing 
has been made in writing within 10 days of the date 
of the decision. See Section llOA, Table lA-K - 
Penalties, Hearings, Code Enforcement 
Assessments - for applicable fee. 

105A.3.5 Procedure. The Access Appeals 
Commission shall establish reasonable rules and 
regulations for its own procedure not inconsistent 
with the provisions of this code and the Charter of 
the City and County of San Francisco. The Access 
Appeals Commission, by a majority vote, shall 
choose its officers, other than the Secretary. 

105A.3.6 Meetings. Meetings ofthe Access Appeals 
Commission shall be at such times as the Access 
Appeals Commission may determine. All meetings 
of the Access Appeals Commission shall be public 
meetings. 

105A.3.7 Official reporter - Fees. The Access 
Appeals Commission shall designate a competent 
phonographic reporter as official reporter of the 
Access Appeals Commission. The reporter shall 
attend all hearings of the Access Appeals 
Commission and shall take down by phonographic 
report all the testimony, the objections made, the 
rulings of the Access Appeals Commission, and all 



statements and remarks made, oral instructions 
given by the Access Appeals Commission and the 
voting on all cases heard by the Access Appeals 
Commission. The fees for the reporter for reporting 
all of the proceedings and testimony as outlined 
above shall be a legal charge against the City and 
County of San Francisco. 

When requested to do so by any party or 
parties in writing, the official reporter must, within 
a reasonable time after the request has been made, 
transcribe such specific portions as may be 
requested and certify to the same as being correctly 
reported and transcribed. The fees for such 
transcription shall be at the expense of the party 
requesting the transcript and the fees shall be as 
prescribed by Government Code Section 69950. 

105A.3.8 Decisions by resolution. Every decision 
and recommendation of the Access Appeals 
Commission shall be by resolution, which shall be 
retained as part of the Access Appeals 
Commission's official records. A copy shall be 
mailed to the appellant. 

105A.3.9 Waiver of fee. An exemption from paying 
the Access Appeals Commission Filing Fees 
specified in Section llOA, Table lA-K - Penalties, 
Hearings, Code Enforcement Assessments - may be 
granted upon the appellant's filing with the 
Department a declaration of indigency under 
penalty of perjury. The declaration shall be made 
on a form provided by the Department and shall be 
accompanied by such documentary proof as the 
Building Official shall require. 

105A.4 Code Advisory Committee. 

105A.4.1 Establishment. There is hereby created a 
Code Advisory Committee consisting of seventeen 
members who are qualified by experience and 
training to pass upon matters pertaining to the 
development and improvement ofthe content of this 
code and the San Francisco Housing Codes and 
their related rules and regulations as well as 
provisions of other parts ofthe Municipal Code that 
the Building Official and the Building Inspection 
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105A.4.2 Functions. Its functions shall be: 

1. To review recommendations for code 
changes made by the Building Official the Building 
Inspection Commission pursuant to Section 
104A.2.11. 

2. To develop, review and recommend code 
changes to the Building Official and the Building 
Inspection Commission. 

3. To review rules and regulations 
promulgated by the Building Official and the 
Building Inspection Commission pursuant to 
Section 104A.2.1. 

4. To recommend to the Building Official and 
the Building Inspection Commission, within 30 days 
after the effective date of a new edition of a code, 
which existing Section 104A.2.1 rules and 
regulations should remain in effect, be modified or 
be canceled. 

105A.4.3 Membership. The Code Advisory 
Committee shall consist of 17 members appointed 
by the Building Inspection Commission to serve at 
the Building Inspection Commission's pleasure for 
a three-year term or until a successor is appointed 
and qualified. 

105A.4.3.1 Members. In the event that a vacancy 
occurs during the term of office of any member of 
the Code Advisory Committee, a new member shall 
be appointed in a manner similar to that described 
herein for new members. The membership shall 
consist of: 

1. A licensed architect whose practice is 
primarily in the area of major commercial and 
institutional projects of Type I and 11 construction. 

2. A licensed architect whose practice is 
primarily in the area of smaller commercial and 
residential projects of Type III and V construction. 

3. A registered civil engineer whose practice 
is primarily in the area of major commercial and 
institutional projects of Type I and II construction 
and who has the authority to use the title 
"Structural Engineer." 



4. A registered civil engineer whose practice 
is primarily in the area of smaller commercial and 
residential projects of Type III and V construction. 

5. A registered mechanical engineer or 
licensed mechanical contractor. 

6. A registered fire protection engineer who 
practices in the area of fire protection. 

7. A registered electrical engineer or licensed 
electrical contractor. 

8. A representative of a licensed general 
contractor whose work is primarily in the area of 
major commercial and institutional projects of Type 
I and n construction. 

9. A representative of a licensed general 
contractor whose work is primarily in the area of 
alterations, remodeling or restoration. 

10. A representative of a licensed general 
contractor whose work is primarily the construction 
of single- and multifamily residential construction 
for its own account. 

11. A commercial property owner or a person 
practicing in the area of property management. 

12. A representative of the general business 
community. 

13. A person qualified in the area of historical 
preservation. 

14. A person, preferably with a disability, who 
is knowledgeable about disability access regulations. 

15. Three at-large members who may, but 
need not, possess technical skills or knowledge. 

The terms "registered and "licensed shall be 
understood to mean registered or licensed by the 
State of California. 

The Building Inspection Commission shall 
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associations and other organizations, including the 
San Francisco Chapter of the American Institute of 
Architects, the Structural Engineers Association of 
Northern California, the Society of Fire Protection 
Engineers, the San Francisco District of the 
Associated General Contractors of California, 
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and 
Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc., Sheet Metal and 
Air Conditioning Contractors National Association, 
San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National 
Association of the Remodeling Industry, National 
Electrical Contractors Association, the Residential 
Builders Association of San Francisco, Inc., the San 
Francisco Chapter of the Building Owners and 
Managers Association of California, the San 
Francisco Chamber of Commerce and the 
Foundation for San Francisco's Architectural 
Heritage. 

The following shall constitute ex officio 
members of the Code Advisory Committee without 
vote: The Building Official of the Department, who 
shall act as Secretary of the Code Advisory 
Committee, and the Fire Marshal. 

105A.4.4 Procedure. The Code Advisory 
Committee shall establish reasonable rules for its 
own procedures not inconsistent with the provisions 
of this code and the Charter of the City and County 
of San Francisco. The Code Advisory Committee, 
by a majority vote, shall choose its officers, which 
shall consist of the Chairperson and the 
Vice-Chairperson. 

105A.4.4.1 Quorum. A majority of the voting 
members of the Code Advisory Committee shall 
constitute a quorum. Any action taken by the Code 
Advisory Committee shall require an affirmative 
vote of not less than a majority of the Code 
Advisory Committee members present and voting. 
No member of the Code Advisory Committee shall 
pass upon any question in which the member, the 
firm that employs the member or any corporation 
in which the member is a shareholder, holds a 
financial interest. 

105A.4.4.2 Meetings. Meetings of the Code 
Advisory Committee shall be scheduled at a regular 



place and time but not less than once monthly. The 
exact time and place shall be established by the 
Code Advisory Committee in its rules and 
regulations of procedure. All meetings of the Code 
Advisory Committee shall be open to the public. 

105A.4.4.3 Agenda and record. The Code Advisory 
Committee shall arrange for the maintenance of a 
record of its agenda, actions and recommendations 
which shall be available to the public upon request 
for the cost of reproduction. 

105A.5 Seismic Investigation and Hazard Survey 
Advisory Committee. 

105A.5.1 Establishment. There is hereby created 
an advisory committee to the Building Inspection 
Commission to be known as the Seismic 
Investigation and Hazard Survey Advisory 
Committee (hereinafter referred to in this section as 
^*the Committee") whose function and purpose shall 
be to keep the Building Inspection Commission 
apprised of updated seismic hazard information, to 
review and recommend engineering and planning 
criteria necessary for the reduction of seismic 
hazard related to geology, to recommend criteria 
for seismic investigation and instrumentation, to 
study, subject to the provisions of Chapter 7 of the 
San Francisco Administrative Code, post-disaster 
operating plans and reconstruction criteria. The 
Committee shall recommend to the Building 
Inspection Commission such legislation as the 
Committee deems necessary to improve structural 
resistance to, and to minimize the risks associated 
with seismic disturbances for all types of buildings, 
structures and properties. 

105A.5.2 Composition; terms; qualifications; 
appointments; Chairperson. The Committee shall 
consist of 16 members appointed by the Building 
Inspection Commission, and shall serve at the 
pleasure of the Building Inspection Commission for 
three-year terms. The members holding office at the 
time of adoption of this code shall continue in office 
until the expiration of their terms. 

105A.5.2.1 Qualifications. The qualifications of 
such Committee members shall be as follows: three 



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shall be expert in the field of structural engineering, 
two shall be expert in the fleld of geology, two shall 
be expert in the field of soils engineering, two shall 
be expert in the field of architecture, one shall be 
expert in the field of seismology, one shall be expert 
in the field of fire protection, one shall be expert in 
the field of electrical engineering, one shall be 
expert in the field of mechanical engineering, one 
shall be expert in the field of rehabilitation 
contracting, one shall be expert in the field of real 
estate loans, and one shall be expert in the field of 
housing relocation. The Chairperson of the 
Committee shall be selected by the members of the 
Committee. 

105A.5.2.2 Appointments. Appointments to the 
Committee shall be made from nominations made 
by local chapters of technical associations including 
the Structural Engineers Association of Northern 
California; the American Society of Civil Engineers; 
the Association of Engineering Geologists; the 
American Institute of Architects; the Seismological 
Society of America; the Society of Fire Protection 
Engineers; and the Consulting Engineers 
Association of California. 

105A.5.2.3 Compensation. The compensation for 
members shall be $125 for each meeting attended. 
The Building Inspection Commission shall provide 
funds to compensate the members of the Committee 
and for payment of such incidental stationery and 
reproduction expenses as may be reasonably 
necessary to enable the Committee to carry out its 
powers and duties as set forth herein. 

105A.5.2.4 Ex officio members. The Director of the 
Planning Department, the City Architect, the City 
Engineer, the Director of the Mayor's Office of 
Emergency Services, the Fire Marshal, and the 
Building Official, who shall be Secretary of the 
Committee, shall be ex-officio members of the 
Committee, to serve without compensation and 
without vote. 

105A.5.3 Meetings. The Committee shall meet not 
less than quarterly each year at places, dates and 
times as prescribed by the Chairperson. All 
meetings shall be open to the public. 



IOSA.5.4 Report. The Committee shall report its 
findings and recommendation to the Building 
Inspection Commission at yearly intervals. 

105A.6 Structural Advisory Committee. 

105A.6.1 Establishment. There is hereby created a 
three-member Structural Advisory Committee, to 
advise the Building Official on matters pertaining to 
the design and construction of buildings with special 
features or special design procedures. Upon request 
by the Building Official, the engineer of record for 
such a project shall demonstrate to the Structural 
Advisory Committee how the structural concepts, 
designs, details, erection methods and quality 
control will produce a structure that would meet the 
intent of Section 101A.2. 

105A.6.2 Members. For consideration of each 
building with such special features, the Structural 
Advisory Committee shall consist of members who 
are knowledgeable in the structural engineering and 
construction issues presented by those special 
features. Members shall be selected from a list of 
qualified engineers submitted by the Structural 
Engineers Association of Northern California and 
approved by the Building Official. One member 
shall be selected by the Building Official, one 
member shall be selected by the owner, and the 
third member shall be selected jointly. 
Compensation of the Structural Advisory 
Committee members shall be by the owner. 
However, when the project for which Committee 
review is required is located in the Edgehill 
Mountain Slope Protection Area, as defined by 
Building Code Section 106A.4.1.2, (a) the 
Committee shall consist of a structural engineer, a 
geologist and a geotechnical engineer; (b) the 
Committee shall consult with an architect, who shall 
be a voting member of the Committee; (c) the 
selection of the Committee members shall be as 
follows: one member shall be selected jointly by the 
Building Official and the Director of Public Works, 
one member shall be selected solely by the Building 
Official and one member shall be selected jointly by 
the Building Official and the owner from 
recommendations made by interested persons, 
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neighborhood surrounding the project location; and 
(d) to the extent feasible, the Committee members 
should be selected from a list submitted by the 
Structural Engineers Association of Northern 
California. 

105A.6.3 Report. The Structural Advisory 
Committee shall submit to the Building Official a 
written report which shall include professional 
opinions concerning, but not limited to, the 
following: 

1. The validity and appropriateness of the 
structural design concepts and criteria. 

2. An evaluation of the structural design of 
the building or structure to determine its capability 
to perform satisfactorily beyond the elastic stresses 
stipulated by the code, with sufficient redundancy 
to accommodate overloads or failures of specific 
structural components. 

3. The constructability of proposed structural 
details and erection methods. 

4. The sufficiency of the proposed inspection, 
testing and monitoring to be provided during prior 
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105A.7 Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals 
Board. 

105A.7.1 Establishment. There is hereby 
established an Unreinforced Masonry Building 
Appeals Board consisting of nine members who are 
qualified by experience or training to pass upon 
matters pertaining to building design and 
construction as they relate to the seismic retrofit of 
unreinforced masonry buildings. The Unreinforced 
Masonry Building Appeals Board's scope of 
authority shall be limited to Chapters 16B, 16C, and 
16D, including unreinforced masonry buildings and 
structures exempt therefrom, and other related 
structural provisions of this code regulating the 
strengthening of unreinforced masonry buildings 
and structures. Its function shall, within that scope 
of its authority, be: 



1. To determine in accordance with Section 
105A.7.3 below whether specific new materials, new 
methods and types of design or construction comply 
with the standards of safety of this code; and to 
recommend the approval or disapproval of such 
new materials, new methods and types of 
construction. 

2. To determine in accordance with Section 
105A.7.4 below, whether variances from the 
requirements of this code should be approved for 
specific cases where new materials, new methods 
and types of construction are not involved and 
whether the enforcement of compliance therewith 
would result in unreasonable hardship. 

3. To recommend to the Building Official 
reasonable interpretations of the provisions of this 
code. 

4. To hear appeals from any Order of 
Abatement issued by the Building Official involving 
construction methods, assemblies, materials or 
compliance with the time limits set forth in Table 
16B-A as well as notices issued under Section 
1605B. A copy of the findings of the Unreinforced 
Masonry Building Appeals Board shall be 
forwarded to the Abatement Appeals Board. 

5. To review unreinforced masonry building 
retrofit alteration permits including the estimated 
cost of the work for the purpose of determining the 
adequacy and accuracy of the plan review services 
being provided. The results of this review shall be 
advisory to the staff of the Department only and 
shall not be binding on the applicant unless adopted 
by the department. The permits selected shall be at 
the sole discretion of the Unreinforced Masonry 
Building Appeals Board. 

6. To review and recommend approval or 
disapproval of cost estimates presented to the 
Building Official in support of application for 
demolition permits. 

7. To assist the Seismic Safety Retrofit Bond 
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code issues related to the Seismic Safety Retrofit 
Bond Program. 

It is the intention of this section that new 
materials, new methods and types of construction 
which do not comply with the standards of safety 
established by this code for unreinforced masonry 
buildings shall in no event be approved but that the 
requirements of this code, other than those 
involving such standards of safety, may be waived 
under the circumstances set forth in this section. 
The term "standard of safety," as used in this 
section, shall mean the general degree of safety 
conforming to the provisions of this code, consistent 
with Section 1601B, required to safeguard life or 
limb, health and public welfare. 

In exercising its authority the Unreinforced 
Masonry Building Appeals Board shall have no 
authority to waive or grant variances from disabled 
access regulations. Authority over those regulations 
remains with the Access Appeals Commission 
established in Section 105A.3 of this code. 

The authority to establish Department policy 
regarding unreinforced masonry buildings shall 
remain with the Building Inspection Commission. 

105A.7.2 Membership. 

I05A.7.2.1 Appointment. This Unreinforced 
Masonry Building Appeals Board shall consist of 
members appointed by the Building Inspection 
Commission, to serve at its pleasure for the term of 
not more than four years or until a successor is 
appointed. 

In the event a vacancy occurs during the term 
of office of any member of the Unreinforced 
Masonry Building Appeals Board, a new 
appointment shall be made in a manner similar to 
that described herein for new members. The 
membership shall consist of four registered civil 
engineers at least one of which has the authority to 
use the title "Structural Engineer," at least one of 
which has the authority to use the title 
"Geotechnical Engineer" and at least one of which 
is an employee of a testing and inspection agency; a 
responsible managing employee or officer of a 



licensed general contractor, a licensed architect, an 
owner of an unreinforced masonry building, a 
residential Unreinforced Masonry Building tenant 
representative and a representative of the Seismic 
Safety Retrofit Bond Program Board. The terms 
"registered," and "licensed" shall be understood to 
mean by the State of California. At least one 
member of the Unreinforced Masonry Building 
Appeals Board shall have experience in issues 
related to historic preservation. 

The Building Inspection Commission shall 
make such appointments after soliciting 
nominations from various professional, industry 
and technical organizations, the Coalition for 
Seismic Safety, tenant advisory groups and the 
manager of the Seismic Safety Retrofit Bond 
Program. The voting members of the Unreinforced 
Masonry Building Appeals Board shall serve 
without compensation. 

The following shall constitute ex officio 
members of the Unreinforced Masonry Building 
Appeals Board, without vote and without 
compensation: the Building Official or his or her 
designee who shall act as Secretary of the 
Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals Board. 

105A.7.2.2 Temporary replacement. In the event 
a member of the Unreinforced Masonry Building 
Appeals Board cannot attend meetings for a period 
of three consecutive meetings or longer due to 
illness, work away from San Francisco, or any other 
valid reason, the Building Inspection Commission 
may appoint a temporary replacement member 
meeting the registration, licensing, or certification 
requirements of Section 105A.7.2.1 above. The 
temporary replacement shall serve on the 
Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals Board 
until the return of the absent member or expiration 
of the absent member's term, whichever comes first. 
The temporary replacement member shall, during 
the time of service on the Unreinforced Masonry 
Building Appeals Board, have all the rights, duties, 
and privileges of a duly appointed member. 

105A.7.3 Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals 
Board's authority with respect to applications for 
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construction. Where application has been made to 
the Building Official to approve new materials, new 
methods and types of construction as complying 
with approval previously granted or the standards 
of safety set up by this code, and the approval of 
such application has been denied, the Unreinforced 
Masonry Building Appeals Board shall have 
authority, at the request of the applicant, to 
determine whether such materials, methods and 
types of construction comply therewith. See Section 
llOA, Table lA-S, for applicable fees. 

The Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals 
Board shall adopt rules and specifications for 
examining and testing proposed materials and 
methods of construction. A copy of such rules and 
specifications shall be furnished to the applicant. 

The applicant shall cause to be made, at the 
applicant's expense, all reasonable tests and 
examinations required by the Unreinforced 
Masonry Building Appeals Board to substantiate 
the applicant's claims that said new materials, new 
methods and types of construction comply with the 
standards of safety established by this code. 

The Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals 
Board shall have power, with the applicant's 
consent, to call upon such experts as it deems 
necessary to consider and report upon the technical 
matters concerning such application. The 
engagement of the services of such experts shall be 
with the consent of and at the expense of the 
applicant, and the Unreinforced Masonry Building 
Appeals Board shall have power to require security 
for the payment of such expense. Such expense shall 
be in addition to the required filing fees as set forth 
in Section llOA, Table lA-S. Any official or 
employee of the City and County of San Francisco 
called upon by the Unreinforced Masonry Building 
Appeals Board shall serve without compensation 
beyond their normal salary. 

The Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals 
Board shall report the results of examination and 
tests, together with its recommendation on the 
application, to the Building Official. If the 
Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals Board 



recommends approval, the Building Official shall 
thereupon approve the materials or methods of 
construction. The Unreinforced Masonry Building 
Appeals Board shall have power to attach such 
conditions to its recommendations as it deems 
necessary in the interest of public safety, and the 
Building Official's approval shall be granted 
subject to such conditions. 

105A.7.4 Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals 
Board's authority with respect to application for 
variances from or interpretation of code 
requirements. Where new materials, new methods 
and types of construction are not involved, the 
Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals Board 
shall have authority to consider the application for 
a permit, the approval of which would require a 
variance from the provisions of this code. 

When there are practical difficulties in 
carrying out the literal provisions of the code, the 
Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals Board 
may grant variances for individual cases. The 
Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals Board 
shall first find that a special individual reason 
makes compliance with the strict letter of this code 
impractical and that the variance is in conformance 
with the intent and purpose of Chapters 16B, 16C 
and 16D of this code and that such variance does not 
lessen the general degree of safety required to 
safeguard life or limb, health and public welfare. If 
the Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals Board 
so finds, it shall recommend to the Building Official 
the approval of such permit. Upon receipt of such 
recommendation, the Building Official shall 
approve such permit. The Unreinforced Masonry 
Building Appeals Board may attach to such 
recommendations any conditions which public 
safety and welfare may require, the Building 
Official, in approving such permit, shall incorporate 
such conditions therein. 

Except as provided in Section 105A.7.1, the 
Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals Board 
shall not have the authority to grant extensions of 
time to comply with Chapters 16B and 16C of this 
code but may, upon finding a unique technical 
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reasons may include but are not necessarily limited 
to the degree of prior retrofitting, the way in which 
the number of stories is counted, the building's 
location within the various Unreinforced Masonry 
Building Study Areas or the soils or foundation 
system that support the building. 

The Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals Board 
shall also have the authority to recommend to the 
Building Official reasonable interpretations of the 
provisions of this code. 

105A.7.5 Form of application - action by the 
Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals Board. All 
applications to the Unreinforced Masonry Building 
Appeals Board shall be made in writing and shall be 
filed with the Secretary of the Unreinforced 
Masonry Building Appeals Board. The 
Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals Board 
shall act upon each application without 
unreasonable or unnecessary delay. See Section 
llOA, Table lA-S - Unreinforced Building 
Retrofit - for applicable fees. 

105A.7.6 Procedure. The Unreinforced Masonry 
Building Appeals Board shall establish reasonable 
rules and regulations for its own procedures not 
inconsistent with the provisions of this code and the 
Charter of the City and County of San Francisco. 
The Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals 
Board, by a majority vote, shall choose its officers, 
which shall consist of the President and 
Vice-President. 

105A.7.7 Quorum. Five members of the 
Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals Board 
shall constitute a quorum, and action of the 
Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals Board 
shall require the affirmative votes of not less than 
five members. No member of the Unreinforced 
Masonry Building Appeals Board shall pass upon 
any question in which the member, or any 
corporation in which the member is shareholder, 
holds an interest. A member of the Unreinforced 
Masonry Building Appeals Board may provide 
design or construction services on permit 
applications that come before the Unreinforced 
Masonry Building Appeals Board provided that 



member abstains from both any discussion and any 
decisions the Unreinforced Masonry Building 
Appeals Board may take on those permit 
applications. 

105A.7.8 Meetings. Meetings of the Unreinforced 
Masonry Building Appeals Board shall be scheduled 
at a regular place and time but not less than once 
monthly. The exact place and time shall be 
established by the Unreinforced Masonry Building 
Appeals Board in its rules and regulations of 
procedure. All meetings of the Unreinforced 
Masonry Building Appeals Board shall be public 
meetings. The regular meeting of the Unreinforced 
Masonry Building Appeals Board may be canceled 
only when there are no applications pending before 
the Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals Board 
or a quorum is not available. 

105A.7.9 Decision by resolution. Every decision 
and recommendation of the Unreinforced Masonry 
Building Appeals Board shall be by resolution filed 
with the Building Official. A copy shall be mailed to 
the applicant. A copy shall also be filed with the 
Building Official who shall notify interested 
bureaus of departments charged with the 
enforcement of the Building Code. The 
Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals Board 
shall arrange for a subscription service to its agenda 
and decisions, the entire cost of which shall be borne 
by the subscribers. 

105A.7.10 Record of meetings. The Unreinforced 
Masonry Building Appeals Board shall maintain a 
tape recording of each meeting. Upon request, these 
tape recordings shall be made available for 
duplication by independent agencies with proper 
security afforded as determined by the Building 
Inspection Commission. All costs of duplication 
shall be borne by the party requesting duplication. 

105A.7.11 Further appeal. Any action of the 
Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals Board 
may be appealed to the Building Inspection 
Commission as provided in the Charter of the City 
and County of San Francisco, provided, however, 
that, in considering such an appeal, the Building 
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authority than that granted to the Unreinforced 
Masonry Building Appeals Board under this 
section. If the decision of the Building Inspection 
Commission differs from that of the Unreinforced 
Masonry Building Appeals Board, the Building 
Inspection Commission shall, in a written decision, 
specify wherein there was an error in the 
interpretation of the provisions of the code or abuse 
of discretion on the part of the Unreinforced 
Masonry Building Appeals Board, and shall specify 
in its findings, as part of such written decision, the 
facts relied upon in arriving at its decision. 

105A.8. Appellate Authority of the Building 
Inspection Commission. The appellate authorify of 
the Building Inspection Commission is as set forth 
in Section D3.750-4 of the San Francisco Charter, as 
implemented by Chapter 77 of the San Francisco 
Administrative Code. 



SECTION 106A - PERMITS 

106A.1 Permits Required. Except as specified in 
Section 106A.2, no building or structure regulated 
by this code shall be erected, constructed, enlarged, 
altered, repaired, moved, improved, removed, 
converted or demolished unless a separate permit 
for each building or structure has first been 
obtained from the building official. 

When considering an application for a permit for 
development of "dwellings" as defined in Chapter 
87 of the San Francisco Administrative Code, the 
Department of Building Inspection shall comply 
with that chapter which requires, among other 
things, that the Department of Building Inspection 
not base any decision regarding the development of 
"dwellings" in which "protected class" members 
are likely to reside on information which may be 
discriminatory to any member of a "protected 
class" (as all such terms are defined in Chapter 87 
of the San Francisco Administrative Code). 

106 A. 1.1 Separate permits required. Where 
buildings or structures are constructed on top of a 
base structure, and such structures are likely to 



have their own addresses or functional identities, 
separate permits shall be required for the base 
structure and for each of the top buildings or 
structures. 

106A.1.2 Permit and fees for grading, excavation, 
or filling of land. The valuation for the permit shall 
be based on the volume of material to be handled, 
and on a cost schedule posted in the Department. 
The permit and plan review fees shall be the sameas 
those for new construction. See Section llOA, Table 
lA-A - Building Permit Fees, and Table lA-B - 
Building Permit Application and Plan Review Fees. 
See Chapter 33 and Appendix Chapter 33 for 
general grading provisions. 

106A.1.3 Permits and fees for subsidewalk space. 
A building permit shall be obtained for construction 
of subsidewalk space. The fee for said permit shall 
be the fee set for building permits. See Section 
llOA, Table lA F - Speciality Permit Fees - for 
applicable fees. 

Permits for the use of subsidewalk space, except for 
subsurface space used to connect a building, 
structure or property with the San Francisco Bay 
Area Rapid Transit district facilities, shall be 
granted after approval by the Building Official and 
the Cify Engineer. Permission for the use of 
subsurface space to connect with the San Francisco 
Bay Area Rapid Transit District facilities, shall be 
granted only as set forth in Section 106A. 1.3.1. The 
Cify may reserve any part of the subsidewalk space 
for its own use or the use of the public. The Board 
of Supervisors reserves the right to suspend or 
annul the privilege of maintaining such subsidewalk 
space or to exact a license or rental for the use 
thereof. The granting of a permit to use the 
subsidewalk space shall carry with it the right to 
excavate the space and to build the necessary 
retaining walls. If the street in front of the building 
is paved, a deposit will be required of the 
subsidewalk space. See Section llOA, Table lA-F - 
Specialify Permit Fees - for required deposit. The 
deposit will be refunded to the permittee upon the 
endorsement of the permit issued therefor and a 
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Bureau of Engineering, certifying to the satisfactory 
condition of such roadway at the end of two years 
after the time the pavement was restored. Should 
the permittee fail to restore any pavement, the 
Director of the Department of Public Works may, 
after 10 days' notice in writing posted on the 
building, restore the pavement and deduct the cost 
of such restoration from the deposit. In lieu of the 
deposit required herein, a bond in the amount of the 
deposit may be accepted in the manner set forth in 
Article 8 of the San Francisco Public Works Code. 

No permit shall hereafter be issued by any officer, 
board or commission of San Francisco to make use 
of the subsidewalk space within the street lines of 
Market Street between Steuart Street and Castro 
Street, except a permit may be granted for the use 
as subsidewalk space for the following: 

1. The space lying contiguous to the property 
line and extending along a line parallel thereto and 
up to 22 feet distant therefrom wherever such space 
is located in Market Street between Steuart Street 
and Van Ness Avenue. 

2. The space lying contiguous to the property 
line and extending along a line parallel thereto and 
up to 10 feet distant there from wherever such space 
is located in Market Street between Van Ness 
Avenue and Castro Street. 

Due consideration shall be given to the needs 
and requirements for the use of subsidewalk space 
by public utilities. 

The remainder of the subsidewalk space is 
hereby expressly reserved for public use. 

106A.1.3.1 Subsurface Connection to San Francisco 
Bay Area Rapid Transit District Facilities. 
Permission to use subsurface space to connect any 
building or structure or premises with the San 
Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District facilities 
shall be first obtained from the Board of 
Supervisors of San Francisco by resolution, prior to 
filing a permit to construct the connection. The 
Board of Supervisors reserves the right to suspend 
or annul the permission to use any subsurface space 
to connect any building, structure or premises with 



the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District 
facilities or to exact a license or rental for the use 
thereof. Upon the Board of Supervisors passing a 
resolution approving the connection, an application 
for a building permit to construct the connection 
shall be filed with the Department. The application, 
together with plans and specifications, shall be 
referred for approval to the Planning Department, 
the Department of Public Works, Bureau of 
Engineering, and any other department having 
jurisdiction. If approved, the approvals shall be 
endorsed in writing on the application by the 
respective departments and bureaus. The 
Department shall issue a building permit when the 
application has been approved by the Building 
Official, and upon payment of all required permit 
fees. In addition to the building permit and plan 
checking fees, the deposit required in Section 
106A.1.3 shall also be paid to the Department and 
refunded as set forth in Section 106A.1.3, provided 
that all work under the building permit has been 
satisfactorily completed. 

106A.1.4 Permits and Fees for Moving Buildings. 

106A. 1.4.1 General. The applicant for a permit for 
moving a building shall pay a permit fee for 
documentation and inspection of the moving work. 
See Section llOA, Table lA-F - Specialty Permit 
Fees - for applicable fee. A permit and plan review 
fee for work required at the building's new site shall 
be per Section llOA, Table lA-A - Building Permit 
Fees, and Table lA-B- Building Permit Application 
and Plan Review Fees. 

106A.1.4.2 Permit application for new site. Before 
a permit may be issued for moving a building, a 
building permit must be obtained for the necessary 
alterations and additions to the building on the new 
site. The application for the alterations at the new 
site is to be accompanied by complete plans showing 
floor plans, elevations, plot plan, and such other 
information as contained in Section 106A.3.3 as may 
be required by the Building Official. 

106A.1.S Permit and Fees for Demolition of 
Buildings. A permit shall be required for 
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lA-F - Specialty Permit Fees - and Section 110, 
Table lA-L - Public Information - for applicable 
fees. See Section 3303 for general requirements. 

106A.1.6 Permits and Fees for Chimneys, Flues. A 
flue permit shall be required to erect, construct, 
alter or repair any chimney or flue except when it is 
a Type 1 grease hood or is constructed of masonry. 
A separate flue permit shall be required for each 
flue or chimney. Grease and masonry flues and 
chimneys shall require building permits per Section 
106 A. 

Permits for chimneys or flues in new buildings 
may be issued in prepaid books. The Building 
Official and the Controller are hereby authorized to 
make the necessary rules and regulations for the 
issuance, use, accounting, and return of the permits 
issued in book form. See Section 1 lOA, Table 1 A-F - 
Specialty Permit Fees - for applicable fees. 

106A.1.6.1 Permits for boiler flues. A boiler flue 
permit shall be required to: 

1. Install, alter, or replace any boiler flue or 
section thereof; 

2. Install any approved type heat reclaimer 
or other approved type device within a 
boiler gas flue. 

106A.1.7 Permits and Fees for Temporary 
Buildings or Structures. A permit is required for 
the construction and erection of temporary 
reviewing stands, bleachers, grandstands and other 
miscellaneous structures. The Building Official may 
require that any temporary building or structure be 
inspected by a registered civil engineer and found to 
be in compliance with all provisions of this code 
before it is permitted to be used by the public. See 
Section llOA, Table lA-F - Specialty Permit Fees - 
for applicable fee. 

106A.1.8 Garage door permits and fees. A garage 
door permit shall be required for the installation of 
such doors in existing buildings. See Section llOA, 
Table 1 A-F - Specialty Permit Fees - for applicable 
fee. Permits for such doors in private garages may 



be issued in prepaid books. The Building Official 
and the Controller are hereby authorized to make 
the necessary rules and regulations for the issuance, 
use, accounting and return of the permits issued in 
book form. 

The provisions of this section shall not apply 
where structural alterations are made, or are 
required in connection with the installation of 
garage doors. This section also shall not apply to the 
alteration, repair, or replacement of garage doors in 
public garages. In all these cases, the permit and fee 
requirements of Sections 106A, 107A and llOA shall 
apply. 

106A.1.9 Permits and Fees for Signs. 

106A.1.9.1 General. A sign regulated under 
Chapter 31 shall not be erected or altered until a 
sign permit has been obtained for such work. 
Application for a permit shall be made at the 
Department on supplied forms. Where signs are 
illuminated by electric lighting, a separate permit 
shall be obtained as required in the Electrical Code. 
Replacement of copy on the face of a sign, without 
affecting the structural members or the attachment 
to a building, structure, or the ground, shall not 
require a sign permit. 

106A.1.9.2 Permit fees. Permit fees for signs shall 
be based upon the type of sign, whether electric, 
non-electric or ground sign, and area of sign face. 
Where sign is multi-faced, one-half of the total sign 
face area shall be used for fee determination. See 
Section llOA, Table lA-B - Building Permit 
Application and Plan Review Fees - for applicable 
fees. 

Standardized signs that have been approved 
and for which plans are on file with the Department 
are eligible for a fee reduction. See Section llOA, 
Table lA-H - Sign Permit Fees. 

106 A. 1.9.3 Plan review fees for signs. See Section 
llOA, Table lA-B - Building Permit Application 
and Plan Review Fees - for applicable fee. 

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106.1.10.1 General. An elevator or lift regulated 
under Chapter 30 shall not be installed or altered 
until a building permit has been obtained for such 
work. 



for this requirement and no additional permit will 
be required or additional fee required for the 
change in use or occupancy except as set forth in 
Section 109A.8. 



106A.1.10.2 Fees. The permit fees and plan review 
fees shall be those required in Section 110 A, Tables 
lA-A and 1 A-B. The valuation shall be based on the 
total installation, including those portions, if any, 
which are regulated by the State. 

106A.1.10.3 Exemption. Elevators regulated by the 
State of California are exempt from permits and the 
provisions of this code. However, the elevator shafts 
and enclosures, and any structural alterations or 
strengthening work to accommodate the 
installation, shall comply with the permit and other 
requirements of this code. 

106A.1.11 Permit and fees for boilers. A separate 
building permit shall be required for a new boiler 
installation or replacement except where a building 
permit has been issued which included such work, 
the fee for which shall be the minimum fee per 
Section llOA, Table lA-A - Building Permit Fees. 
In addition, a permit to operate the boiler is 
required and shall be charged a fee based on the 
schedule in Section llOA, Table lA-M- Boiler Fees. 
The fee for renewal of a permit to operate shall be 
based on the same schedule. Such fee shall be paid 
whether or not a permit to operate is issued. All fees 
shall be paid at the time of application for permits. 
Any additional fees billed will be increased to twice 
the billed amount when payment is not received by 
the Department within 30 days of billing. Failure to 
pay required fees will result in cancellation of the 
issued permit to operate. See Chapter 10 of the 
Mechanical Code for boiler requirements. 

106A.1.12 Permit and fees for change in occupancy 
or use. Whenever a change in occupancy or use is 
made, a building permit shall be required to legalize 
the changed use or occupancy. The fee shall be the 
minimum fee required for filing for a permit and 
must be secured prior to the change of occupancy. 

In the event any alteration work is required, 
the alteration permit shall be considered sufficient 



106A.L13 Permits and fees for construction of an 
impervious surface in a front yard setback. 

1. General. It shall be unlawful for any 
person, firm or corporation to commence or 
proceed with the construction of an impervious 
surface in a front yard setback area, other than a 
driveway as defined in the Planning Code Section 
136(a)(30), unless a permit is first obtained. See 
Section llOA, Table lA-F - Specialty Permit Fees - 
for applicable fee. 

2. Referral to Planning Department. The 
Department shall refer all applications for a permit 
pursuant to this section to the Planning Department 
for a determination regarding the proposed 
construction's compliance with Sections 132(g) and 
136(a)(30) of the Planning Code. The Department 
may not issue the permit unless Planning 
determines the proposed construction to be 
compliant. 

3. Penalty for violation. Any person, firm or 
corporation violating the provisions of this Section 
106A.1.14 shall be guilty of an infraction. Every 
violation determined to be an infraction is 
punishable by (1) a fine not exceeding $100 for a 
first violation, (2) a fine not exceeding $200 for a 
second violation within one year, and (3) a fine not 
exceeding $500 for a third violation within one year. 

106A.2 Work Exempt from Permit. A building 
permit shall not be required for the following: 

1 . One-story detached accessory buildings or 
structures used as tool and storage sheds, 
playhouses and similar uses, provided the projected 
roof area does not exceed 100 square feet (9.29 m^). 

2. Fences not over 6 feet (1829 mm) high 
located at the rear and side lot lines at the rear of 
the property, and all fences not over 3 feet (914.4 m) 
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3. Amusement devices not on flxed 
foundations. 

4. Movable cases, counters and partitions not 
over 5 feet 9 inches (1753 mm) high. 

5. Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet 
(1219 mm) in height measured from the 
bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, 
unless supporting a surcharge or 
impounding Class I, II or III-A liquids. 

6. Water tanks supported directly upon 
grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 
gallons (18 927 L) and the ratio of height 
to diameter or width does not exceed 2.1. 



Exemptions from the permit requirements 
of this code shall not be deemed to grant 
authorization for any work to be done in 
any manner in violation of the provisions 
of this code or any other laws or 
ordinances of this jurisdiction. 

13. Reroofing without the installation, repair 
or removal of roof sheathing, if the total 
surface area of the roof reroofed in any 
12-month period does not exceed 25 
percent of the entire surface area of the 
roof. 

14. Surface mounting of readily removable 
materials on interior walls. 



7. Platforms, sidewalks, walks and driveways 
when not part of an exit, and not more 
than 30 inches (762 mm) above grade and 
not over any basement or story below and 
which, for residential buildings required 
to be accessible to persons with 
disabilities, are not part of a required 
accessible route. 

8. Painting, papering and similar finish 
work. 

9. Temporary motion picture, television and 
theater stage sets and scenery. 

10. Minor repairs to existing interior plaster 
or wallboard, except when part of a 
fire-resistive assembly. 

11. Prefabricated swimming pools accessory 
to a Group R, Division 3 Occupancy in 
which the pool walls are entirely above the 
adjacent grade and if the capacity does not 
exceed 5,000 gallons (18 927 L). 

12. State-owned buildings under the 
jurisdiction of the state fire marshal. 
Unless otherwise exempted, separate 
plumbing, electrical and mechanical 
permits will be required for the 
above-exempted items. 



15. Work performed on structures owned and 
occupied by the Federal or State 
government. This exemption shall not 
apply to privately operated structures 
erected on government-owned land, or to 
privately owned land or structures leased 
to the Federal or State government, or to 
structures owned and operated by State 
educational institutions unless such 
structures are owned and used exclusively 
for educational purposes or other uses 
related to the institution's educational 
purposes, such as student cafeterias or 
dormitories. 

16. Installations or replacement of floor 
coverings in areas other than bathrooms 
and toilet rooms not requiring the removal 
of existing required flooring. 

17. Repair and replacement of glazing in 
conformity with this code, and provided 
wire glass shall be replaced in kind. 

18. Replacement of doors, except garage 
doors, in all occupancies, provided they 
are not part of flre-resistive assemblies 
required by this code. 

19. A system of six or fewer automatic fire 
sprinkler heads. A plumbing permit only 
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20. Work performed on structures owned or leased 
by the City and County of San Francisco where 
the construction or modification of said 
structure is financed in whole or in part by the 
issuance of lease revenue bonds prior to July 1, 
1989. 

106A.3.1 Application. To obtain a permit, the 
applicant shall first file an application therefor in 
writing on a form furnished by the code 
enforcement agency for that purpose. Every such 
application shall: 

1. Identify and describe the work to be 
covered by the permit for which 
application is made. 

2. Describe the land on which the proposed 
work is to be done by legal description, 
street address or similar description that 
will readily identify and definitely locate 
the proposed building or work. 

3. For new buildings or structures, indicate 
the use or occupancy of all parts of the 
building or structure for which the 
proposed work is intended. For alteration 
work, indicate the proposed use or 
occupancy and the most current legal use 
or occupancy of all portions of the 
building or structure affected by or 
relevant to the proposed work. 

4. Be accompanied by plans, diagrams, 
computations and specifications and other 
data as required in Section 106A.3.2. 

5. State the valuation of any new building or 
structure or any addition, remodeling or 
alteration to an existing building. 

6. Be signed by the owner, or the owner's 
authorized agent, who may be required to 
submit evidence to indicate such authority. 
Such agent shall be responsible for 
advising the owner of all conditions 
attached to the application by the various 
approving agencies. 



7. Give such other data and information as 
may be required by the building official. 

8. Include, when available, the name, add ress 
and telephone number of the owner, 
architect, engineer and contractor. When 
applicable. State and City license numbers 
shall be indicated. 

9. Contain an agreement by the owner of the 
premises to hold harmless the City and 
County of San Francisco and its officials 
and employees from all costs, liability and 
damages resulting, whether directly or 
indirectly, from use or occupancy of the 
sidewalk, street or subsidewalk space, or 
from anything in connection with the work 
included in the permit. The agreement 
shall run with the land and be binding on 
all of the owner's successors in title. 

Applications are transferable without payment 
of additional fees when the new owner or owner's 
agent submits a letter to the Department agreeing to 
all conditions of approval, stipulations and 
agreements contained on the application. 

106A.3.1.1 Application processing. The 
application, plans, specifications and other 
information submitted shall be referred for such 
review and approval as is required under applicable 
ordinances and laws. Each such reviewing bureau, 
department or agency shall indicate on the 
application its approval, approval with conditions, 
or disapproval. 

106A.3.2 Submittal documents. Plans, 
specifications, engineering calculations, diagrams, 
soil investigation reports, special inspection and 
structural observation programs and other data 
shall constitute the submittal documents for a 
permit. When such plans are not prepared by an 
architect, land surveyor, or an engineer, the 
Building Official may require the applicant 
submitting such plans or other data to demonstrate 
that state law does not require that the plans be 
prepared by a licensed architect, land surveyor, or 
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computations and specifications to be prepared and 
designed by an engineer or architect licensed by the 
state to practice as such even if not required by 
State law. Materials submitted by a licensed 
architect, land surveyor, or engineer must be signed 
and sealed with an original signature on the first 
sheet of each set of documents, and facsimile stamps 
plus the required registration seal of the architect, 
land surveyor, or engineer on the balance of the 
sheets. 

Two complete sets of plans and specifications 
and three copies of the soil investigation report 
(when required) shall be submitted. Additional 
complete sets of plans and specifications may be 
required for special permit processing services that 
may be offered by the City and County of San 
Francisco. 

EXCEPTIONS: 

1. The requirements for plans or specifications 
may be waived by the Building Official, provided 
that the nature and extent of the proposed 
construction can be clearly described in writing, 
and such a description is filed with the application. 

2. In addition to all other requirements of this 
Section 106A.3.2, the following requirements shall 
apply to applications for construction of new 
buildings or structures, and to alterations that 
involve a substantial increase in the building 
envelope of an existing building or structure, within 
the Edgehill Mountain Slope Protection Area, 
created by Building Code Section 106A.4.1.2, and 
within the Northwest Mt. Sutro Slope Protection 
Area, created by Section 106A.4.1.3: 

The Building Official may not waive the 
requirements for submittal documents set forth in 
this Section 106A.3.2. 

Submittal documents shall substantiate that the 
building or structure will comply with applicable 
codes and regulations. 

Submittal documents shall include (1) plans 
prepared by a State-licensed architect, land 



surveyor, or engineer and (2) a construction/staging 
plan establishing that the proposed construction will 
not compromise the health, safety or welfare of 
neighboring property owners. Submittal documents 
shall demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Building 
Official, based on consultation with and written 
communications from appropriate City officials, 
including the Director of the Department of Public 
Works, that there is sufficient infrastructure 
(including utilities and streets) to support the 
proposed residential development and that the 
proposed emergency vehicle access routes comply 
with the standards in use by the Fire Department or 
similar agency in effect at the time the application 
is submitted. 

106A.3.2.1 Incomplete applications. The 
Department will not process an application which is 
not completely or properly filled out pursuant to the 
requirements of this section. When the submittal 
documents do not contain the information required 
by this the application shall not be accepted. 

106A.3.2.2 Demolition. An application for a permit 
to demolish a building or structure shall not be 
deemed complete until (a) the applicant declares 
under penalty of perjury that every party who has 
a recorded interest in the property that is the 
subject of the application has been notified of the 
filing of the application. See Section llOA, Table 
lA-L - Public Information - for fee to defray the 
cost of maintaining records of such declarations and 
other attendant costs and (b) the Department 
receives written notice from the Department of 
Environment that the Department of the 
Environment has approved the applicant's waste 
diversion plan in accordance with Chapter 14 of the 
Environment Code. 

106A.3.2.2.1 Demolition application and 
notification. Upon receipt of an application which 
would authorize the tearing down or demolition of 
a building or structure, the Department shall mail 
written notice to the owners of properties at least 
300 feet (91.44 m) in every direction from the edge 
of the property on which the proposed demolition 
work will take place, as shown on the last annual 
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tenant of the property that is the subject of the 
application and of the property immediately 
adjacent to such property. Said notice shall include 
the street address of the proposed work and the 
name and address of the property owner and, if 
known, of the contractor. 

106A.3.2.2.2 Notice to interested parties. Any of 
the following organizations or groups may request 
notification of the receipt by the Department of an 
application for a demolition permit and of the 
issuance thereof: 

1. Architectural or historic preservation or 
housing conservation groups. 

2. Recycling companies. 

Such request shall be in writing to the 
Department, on forms furnished by the 
Department. The organization or group shall 
specify the area(s) of the City and County of San 
Francisco for which notification is requested, and 
the Building Official shall establish the boundaries 
of such areas for purposes of such notification. 
Requests shall be made annually, within 30 days 
after July 1 of each year. See Section llOA, Table 
lA-L - Public Information - for fees. Fees may be 
prorated by the Department for any requests which 
are received at other times during the year. 

106A.3.2.3 Substantial alterations - Notification, 
sign posting and affidavits. In addition to any other 
requirements for notice set forth in this code, the 
following shall apply: 

Any person filing an application to 
substantially alter, as that term is defined by the 
Building Official, an apartment house or residential 
hotel (as defined in Section 4I.4(p) of the San 
Francisco Administrative Code) that contains five 
or more dwelling units shall post a sign at least 15 
inches by 15 inches (381 mm x 381 mm) in a 
conspicuous common area of the apartment house 
or residential hotel for at least 15 days with the 
following information: notice that the application 
has been made, the nature of the work to be 
performed, the means of obtaining information 



from the Department, and the procedure for 
appealing the issuance of building permits. In 
occupied residential unreinforced masonry 
buildings, required signs shall also include specified 
information provided by the Building Official. The 
applicant shall thereafter submit an affidavit signed 
under penalty of perjury stating that the sign has 
been posted as required by this section. See Section 
llOA, Table lA-L - Public Information - for fee to 
defray the cost of maintaining records of said 
affidavits. The Building Official shall not approve 
the application until this affidavit is submitted. If 
there os reason to believe that the sign was not 
posted as required, the Building Official shall 
investigate the matter, shall provide the applicant 
an opportunity to respond to any complaint of 
noncompliance, shall determine whether the 
requirements of this section have been substantially 
met, and shall cancel an application or revoke the 
permit if it is determined they have not been 
substantially met. 

106A.3.2.4 - Hazardous Wastes. 

106A.3.2.4.1 Soil Sampling and Analysis Required. 
Applicants for any building or grading permit 
which involves the disturbance of at least 50 cubic 
yards (38.23 m^) of soil shall comply with the 
requirements for soil sampling and analysis of 
Article 22A of the Public Health Code when any 
part of the work will occur either bayward of the 
1851 high-tide line as indicated on the Map of the 
City and County of San Francisco (adopted June 27, 
1986) (see Figure lA-1) which is maintained for 
public distribution by the Building Official, or in 
any area of the City and County of San Francisco 
where the Director of Public Health has reason to 
believe that the soils may contain hazardous wastes. 

Note: Figure lA-1 is included at the end of this 
chapter. 

106A.3.2.4.2 Permit Approval. No building permit 
application subject to the requirements of this 
Section shall be approved until the Department 
receives written notification from the Director of 
Public Health that the applicant has complied with 
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Health Code, or that the requirements have been 
waived. 

Exception: 

1. The Building Official may issue a site 
permit pursuant to Section 106A.3.4.2 
prior to the time an applicant complies 
with this Section. 



complied with all applicable provisions of Article 31 
of the Health Code. Approvals or conditions 
imposed in writing by the Department of Public 
Health shall become conditions of the permit issued 
by the Department, and violation of such approvals 
or conditions shall be deemed a violation of the 
permit. 

EXCEPTION: 



2. Site permit addenda and other 
permit(s) may be issued to undertake soil 
sampling or mitigation measures to 
comply with this section. 

106A.3.2.4.3 No Time Limits. For the purposes of 
completing the requirements of this Section, the 
time limitations set forth in Section 106A.3.7 of the 
San Francisco Building Code do not apply. 

106A.3.2.4.4 Permit Notification. All building 
permits and grading permits issued by the Central 
Permit Bureau shall bear notice of the above 
requirements and of the owner's responsibility for 
identifying and mitigating hazardous wastes. 

106A.3.2.5 Hunters Point Shipyard. 

106A.3.2.5.1 Compliance required. Applicants for 
any building or grading permit for Hunters Point 
Shipyard Parcel A, which involves the disturbance 
of at least 50 cubic yards (38.23 m^) of soil or the 
extraction or management of groundwater, except 
for purposes of environmental characterization 
shall comply with the requirements of Article 31 of 
the Health Code. Hunters Point Shipyard Parcel A 
is that area of the City and County of San Francisco 
shown on Figure 1-2 which is maintained for public 
distribution by the Building Official. 

NOTE: A copy of Figure 1-2 is on file with the 
Clerk of the Board of Supervisors in File No. 
041540. 

106A.3.2.5.2 Permit approval. No building permit 
application subject to the requirements of this 
section shall be deemed to be complete until the 
Department receives written notification from the 
Director of Public Health that the applicant has 



1. The Building Official may issue a site permit 
pursuant to Section 106A.3.4.2 prior to the time an 
applicant complies with this section. 

2. Site permit addenda and other permit(s) may 
be issued to excavate soil or undertake soil sampling 
or implement other requirements of Article 31 of 
the Health Code. 

106A.3.2.5.3 No time limits. For the purposes of 
completing the requirements of this section, the time 
limitations set forth in Section 106A.3.7 of the San 
Francisco Building Code do not apply. 

106A.3.2.5.4 Permit notification. All building 
permits and grading permits issued by the Central 
Permit Bureau shall bear notice of the above 
requirements and of the permittee's responsibility 
to comply. 

106A.3.3 Information on plans and specifications. 
Plans and specifications shall be drawn to scale on 
substantial paper or cloth of a size not less than 
11-inch by 17-inch (279.4 mm x 431.8 mm) and shall 
be of sufficient clarity to indicate the location, 
nature and extent of the work proposed and show in 
detail that it will conform to the provisions of this 
code and all relevant laws, ordinances, rules and 
regulations. Specific plans and information required 
shall include any of the following that is appropriate 
for the work being proposed: 

1. The Assessor's block and lot number on 
the first sheet or page of each set of plans and other 
submittal documents. 

2. A dimensioned plot plan showing sidewalk 
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or existing buildings or structures on the property, 
and full widths, heights and setbacks of buildings on 
adjacent properties where their locations or heights 
affect the code requirements of the subject building 
or structure. Locations of parking or loading spaces 
and of aboveground hydrants and utility poles shall 
also be shown. The Building Official may require 
the owner to have the lot surveyed and staked by a 
registered land surveyor or registered civil engineer 
so that the proper location of the building on the lot 
may be determined. A copy of this survey shall be 
filed with the application for the permit. 

3. All existing and future finished grades for 
new buildings or structures and additions to existing 
buildings or structures, including official curb and 
street grades. 

4. Complete dimensioned exterior elevations 
showing types of wall materials, locations and sizes 
of wall openings, roof heights and setbacks from 
property lines. The existing and future exterior 
grade profiles on each side of the building extending 
to any adjoining buildings, structures or properties 
which might be affected by this work shown on the 
elevations unless a topographic map prepared by a 
licensed surveyor is submitted. 

5. Dimensioned architectural floor plan for 
each floor, basement and roof unless the floor plans 
are identical. The scale shall be not less than 1/8 
inch (3.175 mm) to 1 foot (304.8 mm) unless 
otherwise permitted by the Building Official. The 
floor plan shall show the gross area of each use area 
on each floor, and the total area of each floor. 
Structural, mechanical and other detailed 
information shall not be superimposed unless the 
resultant floor plans are clearly legible and 
understandable. 

6. For alteration work, all existing partitions 
and construction that are to be removed or altered 
and all that are to remain unchanged. 

7. Identiflcation on the architectural floor 
plans of the use or occupancy classiflcations of all 
new and existing areas of the building. 



8. Cross-sections as necessary, including 
information on location and depth of footings of 
adjacent buildings or structures which might be 
affected by this work. 

9. Information regarding all architectural 
and structural materials to be installed in the 
building. 

10. Details of all flre-resistive assemblies and 
elements, and provisions for maintaining the 
integrity of flre-resistive assemblies or elements 
where penetrated. 

11. Information regarding the installation, 
location and support of building utilities, including 
plumbing systems, and electrical equipment, wiring 
and systems. 

12. Structural plans and calculations detailing 
all components of the vertical load carrying system, 
including joists, beams, girders, columns, bearing 
walls and locations and depths of footings. 
Connection details and cross-sections to show how 
the loads are transferred and carried from the roof 
to the foundation. Live load clearly designated on 
the plan for each use area. 

13. Structural plans and calculations detailing 
all elements of the lateral force resisting system, 
including horizontal and vertical diaphragms, 
connections and details that completely identify the 
lateral force load path from the roof to the 
foundation. 

14. Special inspection and structural 
observation program required by Sections 106A.3.5, 
1704 and 1709. 

15. Geotechnical report when work involves 
significant grading, excavation or fill, or uses special 
foundations; or when the site is included in the State 
of California Seismic Hazard Zones Map, Special 
Soils Map or other area identified by the Building 
Official. See Appendix J, for additional grading 
permit requirements. 

16. Hydraulic design drawings and 
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17. Information on plans demonstrating 
compliance with energy conservation requirements. 

18. Information on plans demonstrating 
compliance with applicable sound transmission 
requirements. 

19. Information on plans demonstrating 
compliance with applicable disabled access 
requirements. 

20. Information on plans demonstrating 
compliance with water conservation and 
reclamation requirements. 

21. Landscaping and irrigation plans, when 
required by the Planning Department, Department 
of Public Works or other agencies. 

22. Photographs when required by the 
Planning Department or other agencies. 

23. For a building that is an unsafe structure 
as defined in Section 102A, sufficient information to 
show how all unsafe conditions will be corrected. 

24. All other information necessary for 
determining compliance with applicable codes and 
regulations. 

106A.3.4 Architect or engineer of record. 

106A.3.4.1 General. When it is required that 
documents be prepared by an architect or engineer, 
the building official may require the owner to 
engage and designate on the building permit 
application an architect or engineer who shall act as 
the architect or engineer of record. If the 
circumstances require, the owner may designate a 
substitute architect or engineer of record who shall 
perform all of the duties required of the original 
architect or engineer of record. The building official 
shall be notified in writing by the owner if the 
architect or engineer of record is changed or is 
unable to continue to perform the duties. 

The architect or engineer of record shall be 
responsible for reviewing and coordinating all 



submittal documents prepared by others, included 
deferred submittal items, for compatibility with the 
design of the building. 

106A.3.4.2 Site permit. A site permit may be issued 
for the construction or major alteration, as that 
term is defined by the Building Offlcial, of a 
building or structure upon approval of preliminary 
drawings and before the entire working drawings 
and specifications of the building or structure have 
been completed and submitted for approval. 

Such preliminary drawings and specifications 
shall clearly indicate the nature, character and 
extent of the work proposed. The application 
procedure shall comply with Sections 106A.1 
through 106A.4 except for the completeness of 
plans. The permit fees and plan checking fees shall 
be as set forth in Section llOA, Table lA-A - 
Building Permit Fees, and Table lA-B - Building 
Permit Application and Plan Review Fees, and shall 
be calculated on the basis of the total valuation of 
the work. No construction work shall be done under 
the site permit. Construction may proceed after the 
appropriate addenda have been issued. In no case 
shall construction exceed the scope of the issued 
addenda. 

Plans for construction may be divided and 
submitted in accordance with an addenda schedule 
approved in writing by the Building Official. See 
Section llOA, Table lA-B - Building Permit 
Application and Plan Review Fees - for applicable 
fee. 

The holder of such permit and addenda shall 
proceed with approved addenda work at the 
permittee's own risk, without assurance that 
approvals for the remaining addenda or for the 
entire building or structure will be granted. 

Each addendum shall be considered an 
application for the purposes of Section 106A.3.7. 
When an addendum or site permit is canceled after 
being held in abeyance for the stipulated time 
period, the site permit and all approved or pending 
addenda shall also be deemed to be canceled. When 
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application shall be required to resume processing. 
The provisions of Section 107A.3.3 shall apply to 
such alteration work application. 

106A.3.5 Inspection and observation program. 
When special inspection is required under Chapter 
17, the architect or engineer of record shall prepare 
an inspection program that shall be submitted to the 
building ofHcial for approval prior to issuance of 
the building permit. The inspection program shall 
designate the portions of the work that require 
special inspection and the name or names of the 
individuals or firms who are to perform the special 
inspections, and indicate the duties of the special 
inspectors. 

The special inspector shall be employed by the 
owner, the engineer or architect of record, or an 
agent of the owner, but not the contractor or any 
other person responsible for the work. 

When structural observation is required under 
Chapter 17, the inspection program shall name the 
individuals or firms who are to perform structural 
observation and describe the stages of construction 
at which structural observation is to occur. 

The inspection program shall include samples of 
inspection reports and provide time limits for 
submission of reports. 

106A.3.6 Permit process expediter. Every building 
permit application which requires the approval of 
three or more bureaus, departments, agencies or 
subdivisions thereof of any federal, state and local 
government body shall be reviewed by a Permit 
Process Expediter. The Permit Process Expediter 
shall be under the jurisdiction of the Building 
Official. The duties of the Permit Process Expediter 
shall be to facilitate the coordination of 
interdepartmental review of the permit application 
so that time limitations for review by a bureau, 
agency, department or subdivision thereof are 
maintained in compliance with the applicable 
procedures set forth by the governmental body, to 
provide the public with any information concerning 
mandatory permit procedures or requirements, and 
to process all complaints caused by the lack of 



coordination among the departments, bureaus or 
agencies or subdivisions thereof. See Section llOA, 
Table 1 A-B - Building Permit Application and Plan 
Review Fees. The fee for such service shall be paid 
upon filing of an application for a new building, and 
upon issuance of a building permit for alteration 
work. 

106A.3.7 Cancellation of application during 
processing. The Building Official may hold in 
abeyance or reject any application, plans, or 
specifications filed which in the Building Official's 
opinion, do not provide the necessary information in 
a clear and concise manner as required in Section 
106A.3.3, and shall cancel such an application upon 
the expiration of the time period set forth below. 

During the processing of the application, any 
corrections, additional information, plans or 
documents that are necessary to complete the 
processing by any of the enforcing agencies shall be 
submitted and approved within the following time 
limitations: 



Valuation 


Time Limitation 


Under $100,000 


60 calendar days 


$100,000 to $1 million 


90 calendar days 


Over $1 million 


120 calendar days 



The above time limits shall start when the 
applicant or the applicant's representative has been 
notified by the enforcing agency representative that 
corrections are required. The time limitation shall 
apply until all corrections have been satisfactorily 
made. A one-time extension of 60 days may be 
granted by the Building Official at any point 
during the approval procedure, upon written 
request by the applicant and payment of fee. See 
Section llOA, Table lA-J- Miscellaneous Fees -for 
applicable fee. In the event an extension of time 
extends the life of an application beyond the 
effective date of the adoption of a new code, the 
Building Official may require that all or part of the 
application be subject to the provisions of the new 
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made within 21 days before the end of the stated or 
extended time period, the Department shall notify 
the applicant by certified mail that the application 
will be canceled in 21 days unless the plans are 
made approvable within that time. An application 
which exceeds the stated or extended time period 
after such notice shall be deemed canceled without 
further action by the Department. 

A separate time limit period shall apply for 
each of the review stages within the enforcing 
agency; however, at no time shall the time limitation 
in any one review stage exceed that stated above. 

106A.3.8 Disapproval of application. Any 
application that does not meet the requirements of 
this code or any other laws, ordinances or 
regulations enforced by any interested departments 
or agencies shall be disapproved by the Building 
Official or upon request by the applicant. If such a 
request is not made, the application shall be held in 
abeyance and then canceled as provided for in 
Section 106A.3.7. 

106A.3.8.1 Withdrawal of application. 
Applications filed for permits may be withdrawn by 
the owner, provided that no part of the work 
proposed on the application has been performed. 

106A.3.9 Cancellation of approved application. 
The Department shall cancel an application 120 
calendar days after notification of approval was 
mailed to the applicant if the applicant has failed to 
pay the fees and obtain the permit. The Department 
shall notify the applicant by certified mail 21 days 
prior to any cancellation action. If the permit is not 
obtained within those 21 days, the application shall 
be deemed canceled without further action by the 
Department. Upon written request by the applicant 
prior to cancellation, a one-time 60-day extension 
may be granted by the Building Official, provided 
such extension had not been previously granted 
under Section 106A.3.7 above. See Section llOA, 
Table lA-J - Miscellaneous Fees - for applicable 
fee. 

EXCEPTIONS: 



1. For applications resulting from 
enforcement actions initiated by the Building 
Official to abate code violations, the above time 
limits shall be reduced to 30 days and 10 days, 
respectively. The Building Official may grant a 
30-day extension for hardship or procedural error. 
Upon cancellation, such cases shall be referred to 
the City Attorney for legal action. 

2. The above time limits shall not apply to 
applications which are subject to the work without 
permit investigation fee per Section llOA, Table 
lA-K - Penalties, Hearings, Code Enforcement 
Assessments. Such applications shall be canceled 
only through specific action by the Building 
Official. 

106A.4 Permits Issuance. 

106A.4.1 Issuance. The application, plans, 
specifications, computations and other data filed by 
an applicant for a permit shall be reviewed by the 
building official. Such plans may/shall be reviewed 
by other departments of this jurisdiction to verify 
compliance with any applicable laws under their 
jurisdiction. If the Building Official finds that the 
work described in an application for a permit and 
the plans, specifications and other data filed 
therewith conform to the requirements of this code 
and other pertinent laws and ordinances, and that 
the fees specified in Section 107 have been paid, the 
building official shall issue a permit therefor to the 
applicant. 

When the building official issues the permit where 
plans are required, the building official shall 
endorse in writing or stamp the plans and 
specifications APPROVED. Such approved plans 
and specifications shall not be changed, modified or 
altered without authorizations from the building 
official, and all work regulated by this code shall be 
done in accordance with the approved plans. 

The building official may issue a permit for the 
construction of part of a building or structure 
before the entire plans and specifications for the 
whole building or structure have been submitted or 
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detailed statements have been filed complying with 
all pertinent requirements of this code. The holder 
of a partial permit shall proceed without assurance 
that the permit for the entire building or structure 
will be granted. 

106A.4.1.1 Transfer of Permit. Permits are 
transferable without payment of fees when the new 
owner submits a letter to the Department agreeing 
to all conditions of approval, stipulations and 
agreements contained on the approved application. 

106A.4.1.2 Edgehill Mountain Slope Protection 
Area. 

106A.4.1.2.1 Creation. There is hereby created the 
Edgehill Mountain Slope Protection Area, which is 
generally bounded by Garcia Avenue, Vasquez 
Avenue, Kensington Way and UUoa Street and 
traversed by Edgehill Way. The Edgehill Mountain 
Slope Protection Area is comprised of the following 
Assessor's Block Numbers: 2875, 2876, 2923, 2933, 
2934, 2935, 2936A and 2936B. Heightened review of 
certain permit applications, as provided in this 
section, shall be made in this area. 

106A.4.1.2.2 Purpose. Because landslides, earth 
movement, ground shaking and subsidence are 
likely to occur on or near the Edgehill Mountain 
Slope Protection Area, causing severe damage and 
destruction to public and private improvements, the 
Board of Supervisors finds that the public health, 
safety and welfare is best protected if the Building 
Official of Building Inspection causes permit 
applications within the Edgehill Mountain Slope 
Protection Area for either (1) construction of new 
buildings or structures or (2) alterations that 
involve a substantial increase in the envelope of an 
existing building or structure, to be peer reviewed 
for structural integrity and effect on hillside 
stability. The requirements herein for projects in 
the Edgehill Mountain Slope Protection Area are in 
addition to all other applicable laws and 
regulations, including any and all requirements for 
environmental review under the California 
Environmental Quality Act; compliance with the 
requirements contained herein does not excuse a 
project sponsor from compliance with any other 
applicable laws and regulations. 



106A.4.1.2.3 Mandatory review by Structural 
Advisory Committee and other City officials. All 
permit applications submitted to the Central Permit 
Bureau for construction of new buildings or 
structures or alterations that involve a substantial 
increase in the envelope of an existing building or 
structure (as determined by the Building Official) 
within the Edgehill Mountain Slope Protection Area 
shall be submitted to and reviewed by the 
Structural Advisory Committee, as defined by 
Building Code Section 105A.6. No permits for such 
properties located within the Edgehill Mountain 
Slope Protection Area shall be issued unless and 
until the Building Official has consulted with and 
received a written communication from 
representatives of the Department of Planning, 
Department of Public Works and Fire Department, 
each of whom has made a visit to the site for which 
the project is proposed, and the Building Official 
has received a written report from the Structural 
Advisory Committee concerning the safety and 
integrity of the proposed design and construction. 
As part of its review, the Structural Advisory 
Committee shall consider the effect that 
construction activity related to the proposed project 
will have on the safety and stability of the Edgehill 
Mountain Slope Protection Area. 

106A.4.1.2.4 Mandatory denial by Building 
Official. In the event that the Structural Advisory 
Committee determines that there is a reasonable 
likelihood that the proposed design and 
construction would result in unsafe conditions or 
would increase the likelihood of hillside instability, 
and such unsafe conditions or instability cannot be 
mitigated to the satisfaction of the Structural 
Advisory Committee, the Building Official shall 
deny the permit. The Building Official's decision to 
deny the permit is appealable only to the Board of 
Appealls. 

106A.4.1.3 Northwest Mt. Sutro Slope Protection 
Area. 

106A.4.1.3.1 Creation. There is hereby created the 
Northwest Mt. Sutro Slope Protection Area, which 
is generally bounded on the east by Crestmont Drive 
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south along Oak Park to its intersection with 
Christopher Boulevard, west to Warren Drive, 
north along Warren Drive to the 6th Avenue and 
Kirkham Street intersection, and Kirkham Street in 
an easterly direction to its end at the undeveloped 
extension of Crestmont Drive. The Northwest Mt» 
Sutro Slope Protection Area is comprised of the 
following Assessor's Block Numbers: 1850, 1851, 
2635, 2636, 2638, 2674, 2675, 2676, 2677, and 2686. 
Heightened review of certain permit applications, as 
provided in this section, shall be made in this area. 

106A.4.1.3.2 Purpose. Because landslides, earth 
movement, ground shaking and subsidence are 
likely to occur on or near the Northwest Mt. Sutro 
Slope Protection Area, causing severe damage and 
destruction to public and private improvements, the 
Board of Supervisors finds that the public health, 
safety and welfare is best protected if the Building 
Official of Building Inspection causes permit 
applications within the Northwest Mt. Sutro Slope 
Protection Area for either (1) construction of new 
buildings or structures or (2) alterations that 
involve a substantial increase in the envelope of an 
existing building or structure, to be peer reviewed 
for structural integrity and effect on hillside 
stability. The requirements herein for projects in 
the Northwest Mt. Sutro Slope Protection Area are 
in addition to all other applicable laws and 
regulations, including any and all requirements for 
environmental review under the California 
Environmental Quality Act; compliance with the 
requirements contained herein does not excuse a 
project sponsor from compliance with any other 
applicable laws and regulations. 

1 06 A.4. 1.3.3 Mandatory review by Structural 
Advisory Committee and other City officials. All 
permit applications submitted to the Central Permit 
Bureau for construction of new buildings or 
structures or alterations that involve a substantial 
increase in the envelope of an existing building or 
structure (as determined by the Building Official) 
within the Northwest Mt. Sutro Slope Protection 
Area shall be submitted to and reviewed by the 
Structural Advisory Committee, as defined by 
Building Code Section 105A.6. No permits for such 
properties located within the Northwest Mt. Sutro 



Slope Protection Area shall be issued unless and 
until the Building Official has consulted with and 
received a written communication from 
representatives of the Department of Planning, 
Department of Public Works and Fire Department, 
each of whom has made a visit to the site for which 
the project is proposed, and the Building Official 
has received a written report from the Structural 
Advisory Committee concerning the safety and 
integrity of the proposed design and construction. 
As part of its review, the Structural Advisory 
Committee shall consider the effect that 
construction activity related to the proposed project 
will have on the safety and stability of the 
Northwest Mt. Sutro Slope Protection Area. 

106A.4.1.3.4 Mandatory denial by Building 
Official. In the event that the Structural Advisory 
Committee determines that there is a reasonable 
likelihood that the proposed design and 
construction would result in unsafe conditions or 
would increase the likelihood of hillside instability, 
and such unsafe conditions or instability cannot be 
mitigated to the satisfaction of the Structural 
Advisory Committee, the Building Official shall 
deny the permit. The Building Official's decision to 
deny the permit is appealable only to the Board of 
Appeals. 

106A.4.2 Retention of approved construction 
documents. One set of approved construction 
documents shall be provided to the party obtaining 
the permit. The owner shall be responsible for 
keeping these documents on the building site at all 
times and making them available for inspection and 
use by the inspector during such construction until 
final inspection has been made; failure to do so shall 
result in stoppage of work. The approved 
construction documents shall not be changed, 
modified or altered without authorization from the 
Building Official; all work shall be done in 
accordance with these documents. 

One set of approved construction documents 
for all building permits shall be retained by the 
Department in reproducible form as public records. 

106A.4.3 Validity of permit. The issuance of a 
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not be construed to be a permit for, or an approval 
of, any violation of any of the provisions of this code 
or of any other applicable laws and regulations. 
Permits presuming to give authority to violate or 
cancel the provisions of this code or other 
ordinances of the jurisdiction shall not be valid. 

The issuance of a permit based on plans, 
specifications and other data shall not prevent the 
Building Offlcial from thereafter requiring the 
correction of errors in said plans, specifications and 
other data, or from preventing building operations 
being carried on thereunder when in violation of 
this code or other applicable laws and regulations. 

106A.4.4 Expiration. Every permit issued by the 
Building Official under the provisions of this code, 
unless an extension of time has been specifically 
approved by the Building Official, shall expire by 
limitation and become null and void when the time 
allowed in Table A is reached, or when any of the 
following circumstances is applicable: 



such requests for an extension are submitted to the 
Chief Building Inspector in writing prior to the end 
of the time period accompanied by payment of a fee. 
Unless approved by the Building Official, no more 
than three extensions of time may be granted. Any 
inspections performed during the extended portion 
of the life of the permit will require payment of 
inspection fees in addition to the extension of time 
shall not exceed the following time periods: 

5.1 One hundred eighty days for site 
permits with a valuation of $2,500,000 or more. 

5.2 Thirty days for Building Official- 
initiated code compliance permits with a valuation 
of less than $25,000. 

5.3 Ninety days for all other permits. The 
maximum time allowed for Building Official- 
initiated code compliance permits shall be 12 
months for all permits exceeding $25,000 total 
valuation. 



1. Ifthe building or work authorized by such 
permit is not started within 90 days from the date of 
such permit, except for site permits with a valuation 
of $2,500,000 or more and Building Official- 
initiated code compliance permits. 

2. For site permits with a valuation of 
$2,500,000 or more, the work shall start within 18 
months or half the time period specified in Table A, 
whichever is the greater amount of time. 

3. For Building Official-initiated code 
compliance permits, the work shall start within 30 
days from the date of such permit. 

4. If the building or work authorized is 
suspended or abandoned at any time after the work 
has started, for a period as follows: 

4.1 Thirty days for Building Official- 
initiated code compliance permits. 

4.2 Ninety days for all other permits. 

5. An extension of time from the stated 
periods may be permitted for good reason, provided 



EXCEPTION: See Table 16B-A - Program 
Implementation Schedule - Footnotes 2 and 3. 

6. A demolition permit shall expire 180 days 
after issuance. Only one extension of time of 90 days 
shall be granted upon written request to the 
Building Official. 

7. The Building Official may 
administratively authorize the processing of 
applications involving compliance actions initiated 
by the Department, in a manner other than set forth 
in this code, so as to effect said compliance most 
expeditiously; provided, however, that due process 
is assured all applicants. In this regard, the Building 
Official may reduce the time periods set forth in this 
section as they apply to a second application and 
permit required by the Building Official to effect 
full compliance with this code and other applicable 
laws and regulations if by doing so code compliance 
would be more expeditiously accomplished. 

EXCEPTION: In order to avoid repetitive filings 
and processing of applications to effect code 
compliance, the Building Official is hereby 
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extensions of time from cancellation pursuant to 
Section 106A.4.1 and from expiration pursuant to 
this section; provided, however, that the Building 
Official, in establishing alternate procedures and 
extension of time, shall proceed as expeditiously as 
possible toward abatement of the violations. 

When a permit is issued but delayed due to 
actions before the Board of Appeals or other City 
agencies, or cases in any court of competent 
jurisdiction, or is under review by a State or 
regional regulatory body, the time allowable shall 
be computed from the date of the final action of the 
agency or court of jurisdiction. 

TABLE A - MAXIMUM TIME ALLOWED TO 
COMPLETE ALL WORK AUTHORIZED BY 
BUILDING PERMIT 



Valuation 


Time Allowed 

(1)(2) 


Under $5,000 


4 months 


$5,001 to $25,000 


6 months 


$25,001 to $300,000 


12 months 


$300,001 to $1,000,000 


24 months 


$1,000,001 to $5,000,000 


30 months 


$5,000,001 to $20,000,000 


36 months 


Over $20,000,000 


48 months 



NOTES: 

(1) For site permits with a valuation of $2,500,000 
or more, the time allowed to complete work 
authorized by the building permit may be increased 
by 50 percent. For site permits with a valuation less 
than $2,500,000, use Table A. 

(2) Permits filed under Chapter 16B - Earthquake 
Hazard Reduction in Unreinforced Masonry 
Bearing Wall Buildings - shall comply with Table 
16B-A - Program Implementation Schedule. 

106A.4.4.1 Commencement of work on permit 
expired due to work not started. Before work can 
be commenced on an expired permit on which no 



work was performed, a new application shall be 
filed and a new permit shall be obtained. If not 
more than one year has elapsed since the expiration 
of the original permit, the applicant is eligible for 
reduced fees. See Section llOA, Table lA-B - 
Commencement of Work Not Started. All other 
applicable fees in Section llOA, Table lA-A shall be 
collected in the full amount. To qualify for the 
reduced fees, the original approved plans and 
specifications in the possession of the owner shall be 
submitted with the new application, together with a 
notarized certification that there are no changes 
made on those plans and specifications. 

In the event a refund has been granted upon 
request of the applicant prior to commencement of 
the work, the provisions of this section shall not 
apply and a new permit shall be applied for and all 
fees shall be required to be paid. 

106A.4.4.2 Recommencement of work on permit 
expired due to work not completed. An alteration 
permit shall be secured for the work not completed. 
See Section llOA, Table lA-F - Specialty Permit 
Fees - for applicable fee to defray cost of certifying 
site conditions. The permit fee shall be based upon 
the valuation of the uncompleted work. When the 
permit is for completing the work as shown on the 
original approved plans, no additional plan review 
fee shall be required. 

Where illegal or unsafe conditions are to be 
corrected the Building Official shall have the 
authority to establish, at the time the application for 
the permit is approved, a reasonable time within 
which such alterations authorized by the permit 
shall be completed. 

106A.4.5 Suspension or revocation. The building 
official may, in writing, suspend or revoke a permit 
issued under the provisions of this code whenever 
the permit is issued under the provisions of this 
code whenever the permit is issued in error or on 
the basis of incorrect information supplied, or in 
violation of any ordinance or regulation of any of 
the provisions of this code. 

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shall be considered an invalid permit and shall be 
suspended until the complete bill of fees has been 
paid. Failure to pay the correct fees shall be 
sufficient grounds for denial of a temporary permit 
of occupancy or a permit of occupancy. 

106A.4.6 Notice of permit issuance. Within 24 
hours after the issuance of a building permit 
authorizing the types of work described below, 
notice of such issuance shall be given in the manner 
set forth below. 

1 . For permits to demolish or erect a building 
or structure, or to move a structure to a new site, 
the permittee shall obtain from the Department a 
sign containing the following information: permit 
number; filing date; address and phone number of 
the agency to contact for information regarding 
permit issuance; the date of permit issuance; 
address and phone of agency to contact to appeal 
issuance of permit; name, address and phone 
number of permittee. 

For unreinforced masonry buildings, additional 
information shall be provided, as required by the 
Building Official. 

See Section llOA, Table lA-L - Public 
Information - for applicable fee. 

The permittee shall cause the sign to be erected 
on the site of the property to which the application 
applies. 

Location of sign. The sign shall be clearly 
visible to passing motorists and passing pedestrians. 
In the case of moved buildings, the sign shall be 
posted at the site onto which the building is to be 
moved. The minimum dimensions shall be 30 inches 
by 30 inches (762 mm x 762 mm), unless the permit 
relates to a vacant site or a vacant building, in 
which case the Building Official may require a sign 
up to 8 feet (2.438 m) wide and 4 feet (1.219 m) high 
upon a determination that the larger sign will 
provide better public notice. If a larger sign is 
required, the permittee shall provide it, and it shall 
contain the information set forth above. The sign 
required herein shall be installed as follows: The 



bottom edge of the sign shall be at least 6 feet (1.829 
m) above grade; the face of the sign shall be parallel 
to the main street frontage and shall be located 5 
feet (1.524 m) or less from the street property line; 
the sign shall be attached to one or more posts 
substantially embedded into the ground in order to 
withstand wind or other load factors, or may be 
attached to an existing front building wall. The 
background color of the sign shall be white, and the 
color of the text shall be black; the letter size of the 
first line shall be a minimum of 8 inches (203.2 mm) 
high; the size and style of the text shall be such that 
the message is clear and legible from a distance of 
10 feet (3.048 m) to a viewer with normal vision. 

Duration of sign posting. The permittee shall 
cause the sign to be erected within 24 hours after a 
permit is issued. The sign shall remain posted until 
either the conclusion of the hearing on the permit 
before the Board of Appeals or the time for filing 
such appeal has lapsed without an appeal being 
filed. Work under a demolition permit shall not 
begin until 15 days after the date on which the 
permit is issued. 

Revocation for noncompliance. The Building 
Official shall, after providing the permittee an 
opportunity to respond to any complaint of 
noncompliance, revoke any permit where the 
applicant has not substantially complied with the 
provisions of this section or Section 106A.3.2.3 
requiring notice of permit application and issuance. 

The requirements contained in this code 
relating to notice are not intended to give any right 
to any person to challenge in any administrative or 
judicial proceeding any action for which notice is 
given if such person would not otherwise have the 
legal right to do so. 

2. For a permit which would authorize a 
structural addition to an existing building, the 
Department shall mail written notice to the owners 
of properties immediately adjacent to the subject 
building as shown on the current tax roll. See 
Section llOA, Table lA-L - Public Information - 
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3. For a permit which would authorize the 
demolition or moving of a building or structure, 
written notice shall be mailed to the owners of 
properties within 300 feet (91.44 m) in every 
direction from the edge of the property on which 
the proposed demolition work will take place, or 
from which the building will be moved. Owners 
notified shall be as shown on the last annual tax roll. 
Notice to interested organizations or groups shall be 
made as provided in Section 106A.4 of this code. 

4. For changes in occupancy per this code, 
notice shall be provided as specified in Part III, 
Section 6 of the San Francisco Municipal Code. See 
Section 110A,Table lA-L- Public Information -for 
applicable fee. 

106A.4.7 Additional work, permit required. When 
an approved permit has been issued, a separate 
permit for alteration work shall be required for any 
change in work or additional work as set forth 
hereafter. The fees for such additional work shall be 
as set forth in Section llOA, fee tables, based on the 
difference in the valuation between the changed 
work and that of the original permit. The valuation 
shall be not less than $1. Situations which require a 
separate permit include the following: 

1. Construction differing from the approved 
construction documents sufficiently to require 
revised plans or additional plans to be submitted to 
the Department for approval, including changes in 
partition layout that impact other code 
requirements, changes in framing directions, spans, 
and locations of concentrated loads, and changes in 
types of materials used. See Section llOA, Table 
lA-F - Specialty Permit Fees - for the assessment 
for this type of additional work. 

2. Changes proposed to any building or 
structure which alter the exterior dimensions more 
than 6 inches (152.4 mm) either in vertical or 
horizontal dimension, alter the visual appearance 
through changes in exterior wall materials or 
windows, change the number of residential dwelling 
units or decrease the amount of off-street parking 
provided. 



3. Value of additional work or of changes 
exceeding 10 percent of the valuation of the 
approved permit work or $50,000 whichever is the 
lesser amount. 

4. A change in occupancy or use, as defined 
in this code. 

5. A change in the construction type of any 
portion of the building. 

6. An unusual condition requiring a permit 
procedure to protect the interest of the public. 

A separate alteration permit shall not be 
required where the change or additional work is 
required by the Board of Appeals as a condition of 
approving an appealed permit; however, revised 
plans and plan review fees, including back check 
fees, shall be required for any such change or 
additional work. The Board of Appeals may 
require, as a condition of approval, that revised 
plans be submitted to the Board for review. 

106A.4.8 Replacement of approved construction 
documents. When the permit holder's set of 
approved construction documents is not available as 
required by Section 106A.4.2, a duplicate set of 
documents shall be submitted to the Department 
along with a notarized certification that such 
documents are identical to the approved 
construction documents except for notations by City 
agencies. The Department shall then copy such 
notations from its retained set to the duplicate set 
and shall stamp the duplicate set APPROVED. 

See Section llOA, Table lA-L - Public 
Information - for applicable fee. 

106A.4.9 Preapplication plan review or inspection. 
When a party wishes to discuss specific design issues 
or submit preliminary designs for review and 
comment by the Department prior to formal 
application for a permit, a request for 
preapplication plan review must be submitted in 
writing to the Building Official. See Section llOA, 
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Review Fees - for applicable fees. Payment of the 
minimum fee must be submitted with the letter of 
request. 

In cases where on-site discussion with a field 
inspector is desired, the same request requirements 
apply. See Section llOA, Table lA-G - Inspections, 
Surveys and Reports - for applicable fee. 

106A.4.10 Review of mechanical plans. When an 
application for a permit contains a mechanical 
component (separate from or in addition to energy 
conservation design) sufficient in scope or 
complexity to require review by a mechanical 
specialist, a fee for this service shall be assessed and 
is payable before issuance of the permit. See Section 
llOA, Table lA-B - Building Permit Application 
and Plan Review Fees - for applicable fee. 

106A.4.11 Review of electrical plans. When an 
application for a permit contains an electrical 
component (separate from or in addition to energy 
conservation design) sufficient in scope or 
complexity to require review by an electrical 
specialist, a fee for this service shall be assessed and 
is payable before issuance of the permit. See Section 
llOA, Table lA-B Building Permit Application and 
Plan Review Fees - for applicable fee. 

106A.4.12 Review of plumbing plans. When an 
application for a permit contains a plumbing 
component sufficient in scope or complexity to 
require review by a plumbing plan reviewer, a fee 
for this service shall be assessed and is payable 
before issuance of the permit. See Section llOA, 
Table 1 A-B - Building Permit Application and Plan 
Review Fees - for applicable fee. 

106A.4.13 Express plan review. At the request of 
the applicant, with prior approval of the Building 
Official, and upon payment of an additional fee at 
filing (see Section llOA, Table lA-B - Building 
Permit Application and Plan Review Fees - for 
applicable fee), applications for a permit shall be 
reviewed and completed by the Department of 
Building Inspection within 20 working days. 
Applicants must respond to requests for additional 
information, corrections, revised plans or other 



requirements necessary to the completion of review 
and issuance of the permit within five working days 
of the Department's first attempt to notify same of 
requirements. If the applicant fails to respond 
within five working days or said response does not 
satisfy the requirement, fees shall be retained and 
the application shall be reviewed per standard 
procedure. If the Department fails to complete its 
review within 20 calendar days, the additional fees 
shall be refunded to the applicant. This service is 
offered for plan review by the Department only and 
does not commit any other City agencies, such as 
the Planning Department or the San Francisco Fire 
Department, to the 20-working-day review 
schedule. 



SECTION 107A - FEES 

107A.1 General. Fees shall be assessed in 
accordance with the provisions of this section or 
shall be as set forth in the fee schedule adopted by 
the jurisdiction. 

107A.1.2 Exemption from fees. The fees provided 
for in this chapter shall not apply to permits issued 
to perform work on buildings which are owned and 
occupied by the Federal or State governments. The 
San Francisco Housing Authority shall be exempt 
from all permit fees in this chapter except the 
strong motion instrumentation fee. Permits 
required under this code for buildings and sites 
owned or leased by the City and Counfy of San 
Francisco shall be subject to all fees set forth in this 
chapter. 

107 A.2 Permit Fees. The minimum permit fee per 
Section llOA, Table lA-A - Building Permit Fees - 
shall be paid at the time an application for a 
building permit is filed and shall be credited toward 
the final permit fee due at the time of permit 
issuance. The New Construction Permit Fee 
Schedule applies to new buildings or structures. The 
Alteration Permit Fee Schedule applies to 
alterations, repairs, additions or other work on an 
existing building or structure, or to the modification 
of the scope of an approved permit as required by 
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The determination of value or valuation under 
any of the provisions of this code shall be made by 
the Building Official. The value to be used in 
computing the building permit and building plan 
review fees shall be the final valuation upon 
completion of all construction work for which the 
permit is issued, as well as all finish work, painting, 
roofing, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, heating, 
air conditioning, elevators, fire-extinguishing 
systems and all other permanently installed 
equipment and construction, even though other 
permits to perform such work may be required. 

The valuation shall be calculated at the time of 
permit issuance according to a cost schedule posted 
in the office of the Department. The cost schedule 
shall be adjusted annually based on construction 
cost data reported by Marshall and Swift, Valuation 
Engineers. Contractor overhead and profit shall be 
refiected in the schedule. The Building Inspection 
Commission is authorized to waive the annual cost 
schedule adjustment if it determines that increasing 
the fees will exceed the cost of providing the services 
for which the fees are paid. 

107A.3 Plan Review Fees. When submittal 
documents are required by Section 106A.3.2, a plan 
review fee shall be paid at the time of filing an 
application for a building permit for which plans 
are required pursuant to Section 106A.3.2. Said 
plan review fee shall be based on the valuation 
determined by Section 107A.1. See Section llOA, 
Table 1 A-B - Building Permit Application and Plan 
Review Fees - for applicable fee. 

The plan review fees specified in this section 
are separate fees from the permit fees specified in 
Section 107A.2 and are in addition to the permit 
fees. 

When submittal documents are incomplete or 
changed so as to require additional plan review or 
when the project involves deferred submittal items 
as defined in Section 106A.3.4.2, an additional plan 
review fee shall be charged as shown in Section 
llOA, Table lA-B - Building Permit Application 
and Plan Review Fees. 



107A.3.1 Reduced plan review fee. A reduced plan 
review fee shall be collected for reviewing submittal 
documents identical to those filed within one year of 
the original approved construction documents for 
which the full plan review fee was paid. For this 
purpose, plans may be considered identical when 
they contain only such minor differences as exterior 
finishes, or if they are identical but opposite hand. 
See Section llOA, Table lA-B - Building Permit 
Application and Plan Review Fees - for the second 
and each subsequent set of identical submittal 
documents within the stated time period. To obtain 
this reduction, the applicant shall submit a copy of 
the original approved construction documents for 
which the full plan review fee was paid. 

When the submittal documents are 
substantially changed from those that were 
previously approved, an additional plan review fee 
shall be charged. This fee shall be the fee indicated 
in the schedule of fees for the value of the portion of 
the building or structure affected by such changes. 

107A.3.2 Tenant improvement work. An 
application for tenant improvement work shall state 
at the time of filing whether the permit is to include 
the partition and other improvement work for the 
entire building. If this work is not to be included, 
the valuation shall be reduced accordingly. The 
installation of such work shall then require permits 
for alteration work, the fees for which shall be in 
accordance with Section llOA, Table lA-A - 
Building Permit Fees. 

107A.3.3 Improvement Work. When the 
application is for first-time improvement work in a 
new building and the valuation of such work was 
included in the valuation of the original building 
permit, the valuation for each alteration permit for 
part or all of such work shall be shown as $500, and 
the permit fee shall be collected accordingly. 

107A.4 Expiration of Plan Review. (See also 
Section 106A.3.7.) 

I07A.4,1 Site permits/addenda expiration. When 
addenda processing does not begin within six 
months after the issuance of a site permit, an 



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application for alteration work shall be filed at the 
time the first addendum is submitted. The valuation 
to be used on the application shall be the difference 
between the current project valuation and the 
original project valuation. 

107A.5 Investigation Fees: Work Without a Permit. 
Whenever any work, for which a permit is required 
under the provisions of this code, has been started 
without a permit and where no specific additional 
fees are imposed as penalties as provided in this 
chapter, a special investigation shall be made before 
a permit may be issued for such work. See Section 
llOA, Table lA-K - Penalties, Hearings, Code 
Enforcement Assessments - for applicable fee. 
Where only a portion of the work has been 
commenced without a permit, the investigation fee 
shall be based upon the portion of the work 
donewithout a permit. The cost of any penalty for 
any work done, in conjunction with the 
investigation fee, shall be borne by the owner. 

EXCEPTION: Investigation fees shall not apply if 
the owner or the owner's agent can substantiate 
that the work without permit was done prior to 
September 1, 1960, and files a notarized affidavit 
together with substantiating documents. 

The owner or owner's agent may appeal the 
amount of the investigation fee if they can provide 
just cause, such as unfamiliarity with this code or 
demonstrable negligence on the part of one of their 
employees. 

Appeals of such investigation fee shall be filed 
with the Board of Appeals in the manner provided 
in Part HE of the San Francisco Municipal Code. 
Such filing shall be subject to the fees and rules of 
the Board of Appeals. The Board of Appeals, in 
reviewing the appeal of the investigation fee 
assessed for doing work without a permit, may 
reduce the amount of said fee, but in no case shall 
such reduced investigation fee be less than two times 
the amount of the permit fee as called for in Section 
llOA, Table lA-A - Building Permit Fees - of this 
code. 



permit fee as called for in Section llOA, Table 
1 A-A - Building Permit Fees - of this code for work 
that was constructed prior to the current building 
ownership, provided that substantiating 
documentation is provided. 

107 A.6 Fee Refunds. 

When no work has been done and the project 
has been abandoned or the permit expired, the 
building permit fee paid shall be refunded upon 
written request of the owner when such request is 
made within one year of permit expiration. See 
Section llOA, Table lA-R - Refunds - for 
applicable refund. 

107A.6.1 Plan review fees. When an application is 
withdrawn, the plan review fee paid may be 
refunded upon written request in the case no site 
inspection had been made by Department 
personnel, and plan review had not started within 
any division of the Department. See Section llOA, 
Table 1 A-R - Refunds - for applicable refund. For 
other cases, the amount of refund, if any, shall be 
determined by the Building Official, based on the 
amount of permit processing work already done on 
the application at the time it was withdrawn. 
Requests for refunds must be made within 30 days 
of withdrawal. 

107A.6.2 Fees in error. If the Building Official 
determines that an error has been made in the 
assessment of fees, a refund for the portion 
determined to be in error may be made upon 
written request by the applicant. See Section llOA, 
Table 1 A-R — Refunds - for applicable refund. 

107A.7 Strong Motion Instrumentation Fee. 
Pursuant to the provisions of Section 2705 of the 
Public Resources Code of the State of California, a 
fee shall be assessed for all building permits except 
demolitions and signs. See Section llOA, Table 
lA-F - Specialty Permit Fees - for applicable fee. 
All such fees collected shall be handled in 
accordance with the provisions of Section 2706 of 
said Public Resources Code. 



EXCEPTION: The Building Official may reduce 
the investigation fee to two times the amount of the 



107A.7.1 Strong Motion Revolving Fund. That 
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retained by the Department as provided for in 
Section 2705 of the Public Resources Code of the 
State of California shall be deposited into a special! 
Strong Motion Revolving Fund established by the 
City Controller. Funds from this revolving fund 
shall be used, subject to the approval of the Building 
Official and the Building Inspection Commission, to 
defray personnel and equipment costs incurred in 
carrying out the State mandate. The Strong Motion 
Revolving Fund shall continue from year to year, 
and shall not be included in the Cash Reserve Fund. 

107A.8 Delinquent Fees/Dishonored Checks. 
Permits will not be issued to any person having 
outstanding or delinquent balances or dishonored 
checks on file with the Central Permit Bureau of the 
Department. 

107A.9 Survey. A building survey may be 
requested when a building inspector's assistance 
isdesired to establish code compliance of existing or 
proposed construction. See Section llOA, Table 
lA-G - Inspections, Surveys and Reports - for 
applicable fees. 

107A.10 Building Numbers and Fees. Every person 
shall obtain an official street number assignment at 
the time the person obtains a building permit and 
shall place the numbers so assigned on the building 
in such a position that the number is easily visible to 
approaching emergency vehicles. The numerals 
shall not be less than 4 inches (101.6 mm) in height 
and shall be a contrasting color to the background. 
All numbers must be made of substantial and 
permanent material and must be so affixed as not to 
be easily effaced or removed. Any additional 
numbers assigned to a building shall be subject to 
the provisions of this section. See Section llOA, 
Table lA-J - Miscellaneous Fees - for applicable 
fee. 



records on microfilm, a fee shall be required, 
payable in advance. Fees shall be chargeable to all 
persons, as well as City departments; when such 
reproduction is in response to subpoenas of records, 
the attorney requesting such records shall pay the 
fees. All fees collected shall be deposited into the 
Building Inspection Fund. 

107A.11.2 Reproduction fees. The fees shall be 
determined based upon the number of pages, type of 
record, size of microfilm reproduced and the 
number of copies required. All costs of reproduction 
shall require the pickup of said reproduced material 
at the office of the Department unless costs of 
delivery are provided. The Building Official may 
make any other rules or regulations necessary to 
provide for the reproduction of material consistent 
with the intent of this section. See Section llOA, 
Table lA-L - Electrostatic Reproduction - for 
applicable fees. 

107A.12 Fee Review. The Building Official of 
Building Inspection shall cause an annual report of 
fees contained herein to be made and reported to 
the Building Inspection Commission. The 
Commission's approved fee review report shall be 
filed with the Controller as set forth in Section 
3.17-2 of the San Francisco Administrative Code. 
The Controller shall review the report and file it 
with the Board of Supervisors along with a 
proposed ordinance readjusting the fee rates as 
necessary. 

107A.13 Fees for Services and Regulatory 
Functions of the Department. Fees for all services 
and regulatory functions of the Department as 
established in various chapters of the San Francisco 
Municipal Code shall be imposed pursuant to 
Section 11 OA et seq. 



107 A. 11 Fees for Reproduction of Reports, Records 
and Documents for the Public. 

107 A. 11.1 General. In order to provide for the cost 
of reproducing inspection reports, records, 
documents and other material in the Department 
files for the public, including but not limited to 



SECTION 108A - INSPECTIONS 

108A.1 General. All construction or work for 
which a permit is required shall be subject to 
inspection by the building official, and all such 
construction or work shall remain accessible and 
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the building official. In addition, certain types of 
construction shall have continuous inspection by 
special inspectors as specified in Section 1701. 

Approval as a result of an inspection shall not 
be construed to be an approval of a violation of the 
provisions of this code or of other ordinances of the 
jurisdiction. Inspections presuming to give 
authority to violate or cancel the provisions of this 
code or of other ordinances of the jurisdiction shall 
not be valid. 

It shall be the duty of the permit applicant to 
cause the work to remain accessible and exposed for 
inspection purposes. Neither the building official 
nor the jurisdiction shall be liable for expense 
entailed in the removal or replacement of any 
material required to allow inspection. 

In the absence of evidence as to the proper 
location of the lot on which a building is to be 
erected, for which a building permit has been or 
may be issued, the Building Official may require the 
owner to have the lot surveyed and staked by a 
registered land surveyor, or registered civil 
engineer, so that the proper location of the building 
on the lot may be determined. A copy of this survey 
shall be filed with the application for the permit. 

108A.2 Inspection Record Card. Any work 
requiring a permit shall not begin until the permit 
holder or the permit holder's agent posts an 
inspection record ''Job Card," on the site. This card 
shall be issued at the time of permit issuance by the 
Department. The card must be posted in a 
conspicuous, readily accessible location to allow 
inspectors to make necessary entries; it must 
remain on the job site until a final inspection of all 
work stated in that permit has been completed. 
After final inspection, the card may be removed and 
retained as part of the building owner's record. 

108A.3 Inspection Requests. It shall be the duty of 
the person doing the work authorized by a permit to 
notify the building official that such work is ready 
for inspection. The building official may require 
that every request for inspection be filed at least one 
working day before such inspection is desired. Such 
request may be in writing or by telephone at the 
option of the building official. 



It shall be the duty of the person requesting any 
inspections required by this code to provide access 
to and means for inspections of such work. 

108A.3.1 Off-hour inspections. Those desiring 
inspections outside normal business hours (7:30 
a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
excluding legal holidays) may avail themselves of 
this service by prior arrangement and prepayment. 
See Section llOA, Table lA-G - Inspections, 
Surveys and Reports - for applicable fee. 

108A.3.2 Permits by other departments. Those 
applying for permits issued by other City 
departments which require an inspection, 
certification or report by the Department as a 
condition of issuance of said permits shall apply to 
the Department for said inspection, certification or 
report and pay a fee at the Central Permit Bureau. 
See Section llOA, Table lA-G - Inspections, 
Surveys and Reports - for applicable fee. 

108A.4 Approval Required. No work shall be done 
on any part of the building or structure beyond the 
point indicated in each successive inspection without 
first obtaining the approval of the Building Official. 
Such approval shall be given only after an 
inspection shall have been made of each successive 
step in the construction as indicated by each of the 
inspections required in Section 108A.5. Any 
portions which do not comply with the provisions of 
this code and with the approved construction 
documents shall be corrected, and no such portion 
shall be covered or concealed until approved. 

108A.5. Required Inspections. 

108A.5.1 General. Thestructural framework of any 
part of any building or structure shall not be 
covered or concealed without first obtaining the 
approval of the building official. 

Protection of joints and penetrations in 
fire-resistive assemblies shall not be concealed from 
view until inspected and approved. 

108A.5.2 Foundation inspection. Inspection shall 
be made after excavations for footings is complete 
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concrete foundations, any required forms shall be in 
place prior to inspection. All materials for the 
foundation shall be on the job site; however, where 
concrete is ready mixed in accordance with 
approved nationally recognized standards, the 
concrete need not be on the job site. Where the 
foundation is to be constructed of approved treated 
wood, additional inspections may be required by the 
building official. 

108A.5.3 Concrete slab or under-floor inspection. 
Inspection shall be made after all in-slab or 
under-floor reinforcing steel building service 
equipment, conduit, piping accessories and other 
ancillary equipment items are installed, before any 
concrete is placed or floor sheathing installed, 
including the subfloor. 

108A.5.4 Reinforcing steel. Inspection should be 
made when reinforcing steel is in place in walls, 
floor and roof framing and other concrete members, 
and before any concrete is poured or placed. All 
reinforcing steel shall be visible for inspection. 

108A.5.5 Structural steel. Inspection should be 
made when structural steel framework, or. any 
structural steel member of a building, is in place 
and before being covered or concealed in any 
manner. 

108A.5.6 Frame inspection. Inspection shall be 
made after the roof, roof deck or sheathing, all 
framing. Are blocking and bracing are in place and 
all conduits, plumbing pipes, chimneys and vents to 
be concealed are complete and the rough electrical, 
plumbing, and heating wires, conduits, plumbing 
pipes and ducts are approved. 

108A.5.7 Lath or gypsum board inspection. 
Inspection shall be made after all lathing and 
gypsum board, interior and exterior, are in place, 
but before any plastering is applied or before 
gypsum board joints and fasteners are taped and 
finished. 

108A.5.8 Fire-rated suspended ceilings. Inspection 
should be made after the installation of the hangers, 
lighting fixtures and air diffusers, the protective 



fixture boxes and main suspended ceiling members 
and before the ceiling is installed. 

108A.5.9 Final inspection. A final inspection shall 
be made when the construction work has been 
completed, and the structure is ready for 
occupancy, but before it is occupied. There shall be 
a final inspection and approval on all buildings and 
structures when completed and ready for occupancy 
or use after plumbing, electrical and special 
inspection, and any other applicable approvals have 
been obtained. See Section 109A for certificate of 
occupancy requirements. 

An exclusive electrical or plumbing final 
approval shall not be given or posted unless it is 
ascertained by the Building Official that no building 
permit is required. 

108A.6 Special Inspections. For special inspections, 
see Chapter 17. 

108A.7 Other Inspections. In addition to the called 
inspections specified above, the building official 
may make or require other inspections of any 
construction work to ascertain compliance with the 
provisions of this code and other laws which are 
enforced by the code enforcement agency. 

108A.7.4 Concealed work. Whenever any work for 
which called inspections are required is covered or 
concealed without inspection, or whenever work is 
performed and concealed without a permit, and in 
cases where it is necessary to determine if the 
building or parts thereof are considered unsafe due 
to any of the conditions as set forth in Section 102 A, 
the Building Official may require that such work 
be exposed for examination. The work of exposing 
or recovering or reconstructing such portions of the 
building or structure shall not entail expense to the 
City and County of San Francisco or any of its 
officials or employees, but shall be at the expense of 
the owner. 

108A.8 Reinspection. A reinspection fee shall be 
assessed for each inspection or reinspection made 
necessary by any of the following conditions: 

1. When such portion of work for which 
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2. When corrections called for are not made. 

3. When the inspection record "Job Card" is 
not properly posted on the work site. 

4. When the approved plans are not readily 
available to the inspector. 

5. For failure to provide access on the date 
for which inspection is requested. 

6. For deviating from plans requiring the 
approval of the Building Official. 

The first reinspection for failure to comply 
with requirements shall not be assessed a 
reinspection fee. All subsequent reinspections on a 
job for the same or subsequent errors or omissions 
shall be charged a reinspection fee. 

Subsequent to inspector determination of 
reinspection fee requirements, no required or 
requested inspections shall be made nor shall the 
job be given a Certificate of Final Completion and 
Occupancy or final approval until the required fees 
are paid at the Central Permit Bureau. See Section 
llOA, Table lA-G - Inspections, Surveys and 
Reports - for applicable fee. 



SECTION 109A - CERTIFICATE OF 
OCCUPANCY 

109A.1 Use and Occupancy. No building or 
structure shall be used or occupied, and no change 
in the existing occupancy classification of a building 
or structure or portion thereof shall be made until 
the building official has issued a certificate of final 
completion and occupancy therefor as provided 
herein, or otherwise has been approved for use by 
the Department of Building Inspection. 

Issuance of a certificate of final completion and 
occupancy shall not be construed as an approval of 
a violation of the provisions of this code or of other 
ordinances of the jurisdiction. Certificates 
presuming to give authority to violate or cancel the 
provisions of this code or other ordinances of the 



jurisdiction shall not be valid. It shall be the duty of 
the Police Department, when called upon by the 
Building Official, to enforce this provision. 

109A.2 Change in Occupancy or Use. Changes in 
the character or use of a building shall not be made 
except as specified in Section 3406 of this code. 

A Certificate of Final Completion and 
Occupancy shall be required for changes in use or 
occupancy as set forth in Section 3406, except for 
Group R-1 and R-2 Occupancies; Group R-1 and 
R-2 Occupancies shall be subject to the 
requirements of Sections 109 A.7 and 109A.8. 

109A.3 Certificate Issued. The Building Official 
shall issue Certificates of Final Completion and 
Occupancy for buildings or structures erected or 
enlarged; for each change in occupancy 
classification in any building, structure or portion 
thereof; and for buildings or structures seismically 
upgraded in accordance with the provisions of this 
code. 

EXCEPTION: For Group R-1 and R-2 
Occupancies, see Sections 109 A.7 and 109A.8. 

109A.4 Temporary Certificate. Temporary 
Certificates of Occupancy may be issued if the 
Building Official finds that no substantial hazard 
will result from occupancy of any building, or 
portion thereof, before the same is completed and 
satisfactory evidence is submitted that the work 
could not have been completed prior to occupancy. 
The request for such temporary certificate shall be 
in writing, and no occupancy of the building shall be 
made until such certificate is issued. Such 
temporary certificate shall be valid for a period not 
to exceed 12 months, unless an extension of time is 
approved by the Building Official. See Section 
llOA, Table lA-G - Inspections, Surveys and 
Reports - for applicable fee. 

109 A.5 Posting. No requirements. 

109A.6 Revocation. The building official may, in 
writing, suspend or revoke a certificate of 
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whenever the certificate is issued in error, or on the 
basis of incorrect information supplied, or when it 
is determined that the building or structure or 
portion thereof is in violation of any ordinance or 
regulation or any of the provisions of this code. 

109A.7 Certificate of Final Completion and 
Occupancy, Group R-1 and R-2 Occupancy. Before 
a Certificate of Final Completion and Occupancy or 
Apartment House/Hotel License may be issued, a 
written report of compliance with applicable codes, 
standards and regulations and any conditions of 
approval to the building, structure or property shall 
be obtained from those agencies having jurisdiction. 
Where any permit for the building, structure or 
property was appealed to the Board of Appeals and 
the Board imposed conditions on appeal, the 
Department may not issue a Certificate of Final 
Completion and Occupancy or Apartment 
House/Hotel License until it determines that the 
conditions have been met. A copy of the Certificate 
of Final Completion and Occupancy shall be 
forwarded to the Board of Appeals. 

109A.8 Group R-1 and R-2 Occupancy, Apartment 
House/Hotel License. A license shall be required for 
every Group R-1 and R-2 Occupancy structure. The 
license shall be obtained by paying the necessary 
fees as set forth in Section llOA, Table lA-P - 
Apartment House and Hotel License Fees. 

The Apartment House/Hotel License is not 
transferable, and a new license must be applied for 
by the new owner within 30 days of change of 
ownership. 

The Apartment House/Hotel License shall not 
be construed as authority to violate, cancel, alter or 
set aside any of the provisions or requirements of 
any laws or ordinances of the City and County of 
San Francisco, nor shall such issuance thereafter 
prevent requiring corrections of errors or of 
violations of any applicable law or ordinance of the 
City and County of San Francisco. 



SECTION 1 IDA. SCHEDULE OF FEE TABLES. 

SCHEDULE OF FEE TABLES: 
lA-A Building Permit Fees 
lA-B Building Permit Application and 

Plan Review Fees 
lA-C Plumbing Permit Fees 
lA-D Reserved 
lA-E Electrical Permit Fees 
lA-F Specialty Permit Fees 

1. Bleachers Permit Fee Table 

2. Chimney and Flue Permits 

3. Demolition Permit Fee Table 

4. Extra Permit Work 

5. Garage Door Permits 

6. Grading Permits 

7. House Moving Permit Fee 

8. Recommencement of Work Not 
Completed 

9. Reroofing Permits 

10. Strong Motion Instrumentation 
Fee 

11. Subsidewalk Construction and 
Use Permit Fee 

lA-G Inspections, Surveys and Reports 

1. Standard Inspection Fee 

2. Off-Hours Inspection 

3. Pre-Application Inspection 

4. Reinspection Fee 

5. Report of Residential Records 
(3R) 

6. Survey of Nonresidential 
Buildings 

7. Survey of Residential Buildings 

8. Temporary Certificate of 
Occupancy 

lA-H Sign Permit Fees 

lA-I Reserved 

lA-J Miscellaneous Fees 

1. Building Numbers 

2. Extension of Time: Application 
Cancellation and Permit 
Expiration 

3. Product Approvals 

lA-K Penalties, Hearings, Code 
Enforcement Assessments 
1. Abatement Appeals Board 
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2. Board of Examiners Filing Fees 

3. Building Official's Abatement 
Orders 

4. Emergency Order 

5. Exceeding the Scope of the 
Approved Permit 

6. Access Appeals Commission 
Filing Fee 

7. Lien Recordation Charges 

8. Work without Permit: 
Investigation Fee; Penalty 

lA-L Public Information 

1. Public Notification and Record 
Keeping Fees 

2. Demolition 

3. Notices 

4. Reproduction and Dissemination 
of Public Information 

5. Replacement of Approved 
Plans/Specifications 

lA-M Boiler Fees 

lA-N Energy Conservation 

lA-O Reserved 

lA-P Apartment House and Hotel License 

Fees 
lA-Q Hotel Conversion Ordinance Fees 
lA-R Refunds 
lA-S Unreinforced Masonry Building 

Retrofit 



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SECTION llOA - SCHEDULE OF FEE TABLES 

TABLE 1 A-A - BUILDEVG PERMIT FEES 
1. New construction permit fee ' 



TOTAL VALUATION 

$L00 to $500.00 
$50L00 to $2,000.00 

$2,00L00 to $25,000.00 

$25,001.00 to $50,000.00 

$50,001.00 to $100,000.00 

$100,001.00 to $500,000.00 

$500,001.00 to $1,000,000.00 

$1,000,001.00 and up 



FEE 

$20.50 (minimum fee) 

$20.50 for the first $500.00 plus $3.00 for each additional 
$100.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $2,000.00 

$66.00 for the first $2,000.00 plus $12.50 for each additional 
$1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $25,000.00 

$354.00 for the first $25,000.00 plus $8.75 for each additional 
$1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $50,000.00 

$573.00 for the first $50,000.00 plus $6.00 for each additional 
$1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $100,000.00 

$874.00 for the first $100,000.00 plus $5.00 for each additional 
$1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $500,000.00 

$2,875.00 for the first $500,000.00 plus $4.25 for each additional 
$1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $1,000,000.00 

$5,001.00 for the first $1,000,000.00 plus $3.25 for each 
additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof 



2. Alteration permit fee 



1>2 



TOTAL VALUATION 

$0 to $100,000 
$100,001 and up 



FEE 



1.3 times new construction permit fee (minimum fee $26.65) 

$1,135.00 plus 1.25 times the new construction permit fee for 
values greater than $100,000 



NOTES: 

1 These permit fees do not include other fees that may be required by other departments: Public Works, 
Planning, Fire, Public Health, etc., nor do they include plumbing, electrical or mechanical permit fees unless 
so stated in the other fee tables. 

2 A surcharge of $5.00 shall be added to those alteration permits sought for buildings classified as R3 
(one/two-family dwelling) and E3 (licensed day care) that were constructed prior to 1979 to implement the 
interior lead safe work practices provisions of Section 3407 et seq. of this code. 



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TABLE 1 A-B - BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATION AND PLAN REVIEW FEES 



1. Back check fee ' 

2. Commencement of work not started: 
Building, plumbing or electric permit fee 
Plan review fee 

3. Electrical plan review 

4. Expediter fee 

5. Mechanical plan review 

6. Plan review fees for new construction, 
alterations, grading and demolitions 

7. Plan review under prior code 

8. Preapplication plan review: 

Minimum fee (first 2 hours or fraction thereof) 

Each participating Department employee 
hour or fraction thereof after the first 2 hours 

9. Reduced plan review fee: 

25% of the plan review fee, minimum 

10. Sign plan review: 
Exceptions/waivers: 



Approved, standardized signs on file with the 
Building Official 

IL Site permit surcharge: 

Valuation of $350,000.00 or less and only one 
addendum 



$80.00 per hour or fraction thereof 

50% of current fee 

50% of current fee, maximum $137.05 

$80.00 per hour or fraction thereof 

$26.00 

$80.00 per hour or fraction thereof 

65% of new construction permit table 

$80.00 

$160.00 
$80.00 

$20.50 

50% of sign permit table 

no fee for electrical signs less than 10 
square feet (0.929 m^) or nonelectrical signs 
less than 25 square feet (2.32 m^). 

$8.40 each 



$137.05 



Valuation of more than $350,000.00 or more than $818.20 
one addendum 



12. 
13. 



Express plan review surcharge 
Plumbing plan review 



50% of plan review fee 

$80.00 per hour or fraction thereof 



' NOTE: "Back check" is defined as: (1) that time spent checking applicant-initiated revisions to plans 
regardless of their effect on valuation or scope and size of the project; or (2) any additional plan check 
performed on required revisions to plans subsequent to the initial revision submittal. 



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TABLE 1 A-C - PLUMBING PERMIT FEES 

L Permit fees by category 

A. Plumbing permit issuance $16.55 

B. Gas line permit issuance $16.55 

C. Water line permit issuance $16.55 

D. Meclianical equipment permit issuance $16.55 

E. Installation, replacement or repair of each $16.55 
building sewer or sewer trap 

A permit may include more than one category, and each category will be charged separately, (e.g., plumbing 
permit + gas line permit = $33.10) 

2. Standard inspection fees 

For each inspection, reinspection or additional $80.00 

inspection 



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TABLE I A-E - ELECTRICAL PERMIT FEES 

1. Standard permit issuance fee $27.50 

2. Standard inspection fees 

For each inspection, reinspection or additional inspection required $80.00 

3. Permit and inspection fees by categories: 

A. Residential installations where area of work is less than 10,000 square feet (929.3 m^) 
(new construction and alterations). 

20 openings or less $65.25 
(includes permit issuance fee and 1 inspection) 

21 openings or more $226.00 
(includes permit issuance fee and 2 inspections) 

B. Commercial installations where area of work is less than 10,000 square feet (929.3 m^) 
(new construction and alterations). 

5 openings or less $91.25 
(includes permit issuance fee and 1 inspection) 

6 openings or more $226.00 
(includes permit issuance fee and 2 inspections) 

C. Residential and commercial installations where area of work is 10,000 square feet (929.3 
m^) or more (new construction and alterations). The work may include building shell and 
core, tenant improvements, or both. 

10,000 square feet (929.3 m^) up to $1,026.00 

30,000 square feet (2,787.9 m^) 

(includes permit issuance fee and 4 inspections) 

Over 30,000 square feet (2,787.9 m^) $5,026.00 

(includes permit issuance fee and 8 inspections. Inspections 

include preconstruction and occupancy coordination meetings, 

inspections of the work and one life-safety coordination meeting. 

Meetings may be on-site or off-site within the City and County of 

San Francisco.) 

D. Quarterly permits in commercial occupancies. For minor alterations of existing 
commercial electrical systems, where work consists of not more than 6 openings in any 
one location, to be prepaid in advance of any quarter. If no work is installed, the 
quarterly permit base fee is allowed to roll over once to the next quarter. Includes 1 
inspection. 

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Additional to base fee, less than 6 openings $91.25 

Additional to base fee, 6 openings or more $226.00 

E. Systems: new or retrofit. Includes permit filing fee and one inspection. Covers replacement 
or upgrade of existing systems. This category also includes new systems installations in 
existing buildings, structures or properties. This category also includes service installations, 
transformers, busways, overcurrent protection devices, motors and large draw electrical 
utilization equipment (for which the name plate amperage rating will determine the fee). 
This category is limited to these systems only. Other electrical installation work shall be 
charged according to Category A to C above. 

Generators or uninterrupted power supplies (UPS) 

over 100 kw, each $400.00 

Fire pumps, each $200.00 

HVAC, 5 pieces of equipment or less $91.25 

Distribution and utilization equipment, per system: 

to 800 amps $91.25 

Over 800 to 1,600 amps $200.00 

Over 1,600 amps $1,000.00 

F. Witness inspections (any installation required as a result of witness inspections shall 
require a separate permit). 

Survey: base minimum $160.00 

Written survey report $97.50 

Witness inspections: 

Life safety, generator, fire warning, fire pump or other 

Base minimum (2 hours) $160.00 

Each additional hour or fraction thereof $80.00 

G. Electric signs (includes permit issuance fee and one inspection). 

Exterior signs, each $46.75 

Interior signs, each $39.00 

H. Residential garage door operator (includes permit issuance fee and one on-site 
inspection). 

Electrically operated residential garage door operator $30.00 

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I. Exhibition wiring (includes permit issuance fee and one on-site inspection). 

1 to 100 booths or openings $62.00 

101 to 200 booths or openings $91.25 

Over 200 booths or openings $226.00 



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4. 

5. 

6. 

7. 
8. 



9. 
10. 



Bleachers permit fee table: 

Permanent bleachers 

Temporary bleachers: 

to 1,000 seats or fraction thereof 

Each additional 1,000 seats or fraction thereof 

Chimney and flue permits: 

Each chimney or flue 

Demolition permit fee table: 

Construction Type II-l Hr., II-N, or V 

All other construction types 



See new construction fee table 

$21.75 
$10.75 

$15.25 



$29.95 per 25-foot section or fraction 
thereof, per each story 

$44.90 per 25-foot section or fraction 
thereof, per each story 



If no frontage or more than 1, use shortest side of building for determination. 



Extra permit work: 



2 times the standard fees for work 
remaining to be done or not covered 
in original permit scope 



Garage door permits: 

Each garage door in an existing building fee 

Grading permits: 

House moving permit fee: 

Recommencement of work not completed: 

Standard inspection fee per Table 1-G 

See also Table 1-B - Commencement of Work Not Started 

Rerooflng permits: $68.50 

Strong motion instrumentation fee: 



$10.75 

See new construction fee table 

$123.00 



Group R Occupancies of 3 stories or less, except 
hotels and motels 



0.00013 times the valuation 



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Hotels and motels, all buildings greater than 3 
stories, all occupancies other than Group R 

Minimum fee 

11. Subsidewalk construction and use permit fee: 
Construction 

Use permit, each separate street frontage 
Street space deposit 

12. Construction of impervious surface in front yard 
setback area 



0.00024 times the valuation 
$1.60 

See new construction fee table 

$27.25 

$41.50 per frontage foot 

$100.00 



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TABLE lA-G - INSPECTIONS, SURVEYS AND REPORTS 



1. Standard hourly inspection fee 

2. Off-hours inspection 

3. Preapplication inspection 

4. Reinspection fee 

5. Report of residential records (3R) 

6. Survey of nonresidential buildings: 



Survey of residential buildings: 
Single-family dwelling 
Two-family dwelling 
Apartment houses: 

3 units 

4 to 10 units 
11 to 20 units 
21 to 40 units 

41 or more units 
Hotels: 

Includes 10 guestrooms 

11 to 20 guestrooms 

21 to 40 guestrooms 

41 or more guestrooms 
Temporary certificate of occupancy 



$80.00 

1.5 times the standard hourly inspection fee, 2-hour 
minimum 

2 times the standard hourly inspection fee 

Standard hourly inspection fee 

$50.00 

Minimum fee is 2 times the standard hourly 
inspection fee for the first hour or fraction thereof 
per inspector. The standard hourly inspection fee is 
charged per hour or fraction thereof after the first 2 
hours, not to exceed $2,725.80 

$409.75 
$409.75 

$476.70 

$476.70 plus $60.40 per unit over 3 
$896.70 plus $45.40 per unit over 10 
$1,351.00 plus $29.95 per unit over 20 
$1,951.00 plus $14.70 per unit over 40 

$518.70 

$518.70 plus $21.80 per guestroom over 10 
$737.00 plus $15.25 per guestroom over 20 
$1,043.00 plus $8.15 per guestroom over 40 
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TABLE lA-H - SIGN PERMIT FEES 



Nonelectric and electric minimum sign permit fee $2L50 

FEE 



TYPE OF AREA LIMITS 


SIGN 




square feet 


m^ 


Building mounted: 




Up to 50 


Up to 4.65 


51 to 100 


4.74 to 9.29 



Ground sign: 



101 to 200 
201 to 400 

Over 400 

Up to 100 
101 to 600 

Over 600 



9.38 to 18.6 
18.7 to 37.2 

>37.2 

<9.29 
9.38 to 55.7 

>55.7 



$22.50 

$22.50 plus $2.65 per each additional 10 square feet 
(0.929 m^) or fraction thereof over 50 square feet 
(4.65 m') 

$36.25 plus $3.40 per each additional 20 square feet 
(1.86 m^) or fraction thereof over 100 square feet 
(9.29 m') 

$53.50 plus $3.95 per each additional 50 square feet 
(4.65 m^) or fraction thereof over 200 square feet 
(18.6 m^) 

$69.50 



$22.50 

$22.50 plus $3.95 per each additional 20 square feet 
(1.86 m^) or fraction thereof over 100 square feet 
(9.29 m') 

$108.00 



Standardized signs: 50% of the applicable fee above, but not less than the minimum fee. 
NOTE: See also Table lA-E for required Electrical Sign Permits and Inspections 



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TABLE 1 A-J - MISCELLANEOUS FEES 



L Central Permit Bureau fee for processing permit 

applications 

2. Building numbers (each entrance) 

3. Extension of time: application cancellation and permit 
expiration: 

Each application extension 

Each permit extension 

Each inspection performed during the extension period 

4. Product approvals: 

General approval - initial or reinstatement 
General approval - modification or revision 
General approval - biannual renewal 



$20.00 
$16.55 

$32.80 

Standard inspection fee 

Standard inspection fee 

$137.05 

$47.80 

$68.50 



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L Abatement Appeals Board hearing, filing fee 

2. Board of Examiners filing fees: 

Each appeal for variance from interpretation of 
code requirements 

Each appeal for approval of substitute materials or 
methods of construction 

3. Building Official's abatement orders 

4. Emergency order 

5. Exceeding the scope of the approved permit 

6. Access Appeals Commission: 
Filing fee 

Request for a rehearing 

7. Lien recordation charges 

8. Work without permit: investigation fee: 

Building, Electrical, Plumbing or Mechanical Code 
violations 

9. Building Inspection Commission hearing fees: 
Notice of appeal 

Request for jurisdiction 
Request for rehearing 



$54.60 per case 

$95.05 

$238.60 

$55.90 per hour or fraction thereof 
$44.90 per hour or fraction thereof 
2 times the permit fee 

$350.00 per appeal 

$100.00 

$126.80 or 10 percent of the amount 
of the unpaid balance, including 
interest, whichever is greater 



9 times the applicable fee plus the 
original permit fee 



$100.00 
$100.00 
$100.00 



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TABLE 1 A-L - PUBLIC INFORMATION 



Public notiflcation and record keeping fees: 

Structural addition notice $16.55 

Affidavit record maintenance $7.10 

Posting of notices (change of use) $24.40 

Requesting notice of permit issuance (each address) $34.40 

30-inch by 30-inch (762 mm by 762 mm) sign $13.65 

Demolition: 

Notice of application and permit issuance by area/interested 
parties: 

1 area 

Multiple areas 

Notices: 

300-foot (91.44 m) notification letters at filing 

Residential tenants notification 

300- foot (91.44 m) notification letters at issuance 

Reproduction and dissemination of public information: 

Certification of copies: 

1 to 10 pages $7.10 

Each additional 10 pages or fraction thereof $1.60 

Electrostatic reproduction: 

Each page photocopy $0.10 

3Smm duplicards from roll film $1.60 

Microfilm hard copy prints: 

8 1/2 inch by 11 inch (215.9 mm by 279.4 mm) copy $1.60 

from 16mm roll film 

24 inch by 18 inch (609.6 mm by 457.2 mm) copy from $2.65 
35mm roll film 



$41.50 per annum 
$123.40 per annum 

$65.90 
$36.75 
$48.85 



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"Half-sized" copy from 35min roll film $3.15 

8 1/2 inch by 11 inch (215.9 mm by 279.4 mm)copy from $1.05 
16mm frame in aperture card or microfiche jacket 

Minimum microfilm reproduction charge $3.70 

5. Replacement of approved construction documents: 

Each sheet of plans $4.20 

Each 50 pages of specifications or fraction thereof $7.10 



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TABLE 1 AM - BOILER FEES 

Permit to install or replace $190.00 

Permit to operate (certificate issued) $35.00 

Renew permit to operate (certificate issued) $35.00 

Replacement of issued permit to operate $35.00 

Notice of apparent violation (No fee) 

Notice of violation $100.00 

Administrative hearing $500.00 

Connection to utility company provided steam (includes permit $35.00 
to operate) 

Renewal required: 

1. Low-pressure boilers every 12 months. (See definition of low-pressure boilers in Chapter 2.) 

2. Water heaters when alteration or replacement permits are issued. 



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Single-family dwellings and two-family 
dwellings 



INITIAL 
INSPECTION 

$52.00 



COMPLIANCE 
INSPECTION 

$26.00 



Apartment houses and residential hotels: 






Up to 20 rooms 




$58.30 


$28.60 


20 to 29 rooms 




$69.85 


$34.15 


30 to 39 rooms 




$83.75 


$41.50 


40 to 49 rooms 




$92.65 


$46.50 


50 to 59 rooms 




$103.95 


$52.00 


60 rooms or over 




$116.55 


$58.30 


Energy reports and certificates: 






$10.00 


Filing fee for appeals: 






$43.05 


Certification of qualified energy 


inspector: 




$20.50 



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TABLE 1 A-P - APARTMENT HOUSE AND HOTEL LICENSE FEES 



1. Apartment house license fees: 
Apartment houses of 3 units 
Apartment houses of 4 to 6 units 
Apartment houses of 7 to 10 units 
Apartment houses of 11 to 15 units 
Apartment houses of 16 to 20 units 
Apartment houses of 21 to 30 units 
Apartment houses of more than 30 units 

2. Hotel license fees: 

Hotels of less than 20 rooms 
Hotels of 20 to 29 rooms 
Hotels of 30 to 39 rooms 
Hotels of 40 to 49 rooms 
Hotels of 50 to 59 rooms 
Hotels of 60 to 99 rooms 
Hotels of 100 to 149 rooms 
Hotels of 150 to 175 rooms 
Hotels of more than 175 rooms 



$111.85 per annum or $122.85 per annum' 

$142.00 per annum or $156.00 per annum 

$187.95 per annum or $206.95 per annum 

$248.35 per annum or $272.35 per annum 

$344.15 per annum or $378.15 per annum 

$404.50 per annum or $444.50 per annum 

$50.00 for each additional 10 units or $55.00 for 
each additional 10 units 

$171.15 per annum or $182.15 per annum' 

$201.60 per annum or $214.60 per annum 

$248.85 per annum or $263.85 per annum 

$306.60 per annum or $325.60 per annum 

$402.15 per annum or $427.15 per annum 

$464.10 per annum or $493.10 per annum 

$500.85 per annum or $531.85 per annum 

$563.05 per annum or $598.05 per annum 

$50.00 for each additional 25 rooms or $53.00 for 
each additional 25 rooms 



NOTES: 

' All apartment houses and hotels which were constructed prior to 1979, except those operating only as 
tourist hotels, shall pay the higher license fees listed to implement the interior lead safe work practices 
provisions of Section 3423 et seq. of this code. 



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TABLE 1 A-Q - HOTEL CONVERSION ORDINANCE FEES 

Annual unit usage report $54.60 

1. Appeal of initial or annual status determination: Standard inspection fee pursuant to 

Section llOA of this code shall apply for 
Department Inspector's work on such 
request plus fees for Hearing Officer 

2. Challenge to claims of exemption: 

Usage report $17.85 

Claim of exemption based on low-income housing $215.50 

Claim of exemption based on partially completed $431.05 
conversion 

3. Complaint of unlawful conversion $17.85 

Determination by Department of Real Estate and $1,021.90 
cost of independent appraisals 

4. Initial unit usage report $215.50 

5. Permit to convert $362.25 

6. Request for hearing to exceed 25% tourist season 
rental limit: 

Inspection staff review - standard hourly $80.00 

inspection fee 

Statement of exemption - Hearing Officer fee $215.50 

7. Unsuccessful challenge: 

Usage report: 

Inspection staff review - standard hourly $80.00 

inspection fee 

Statement of exemption - Hearing Officer $215.50 

fee 

Request for winter rental: 

Standard hourly inspection fee $80.00 



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TABLE lA-R- REFUNDS 

Partial or complete refunds of only those fees contained herein will be given, provided the applicant meets 
the refund requirements of the applicable section of this code. No other fees are refundable, except as follows: 

L Permit or inspection fees: 

Building permit Amount paid less $80.00 

Demolition permit Amount paid less $80.00 

Grading permit Amount paid less $80.00 

Plan review Amount determined by the Building Official less $27.30 
2. Combination permit and inspection fees: 

Electrical permit/inspection Amount paid less $80.00 

Plumbing permit/inspection Amount paid less $80.00 

Mechanical permit/inspection Amount paid less $80.00 

If the Building Official determines that an error has been made in the assessment of fees, a refund for the 
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TABLE 1 A-S - UNREINFORCED MASOIVRY BEARING WALL 
BUILDING RETROFIT 

Review of Inventory Form (Section 1604B.2.1) $80.00 

Review of the summary of the engineering report (Section 1604B.2.3) $160.00 

UMB Appeals Board filing fees (Section 105A7.4): 

Each appeal for a variance from or interpretation of code $95.05 

requirements 

Each appeal for the approval of substitute materials or methods of $238.60 

design or construction (Section 105A.7.3) 



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Chapter 4 
SPECIAL DETAILED REQUIREMENTS BASED ON USE AND OCCUPANCY 



SECTION 406 - MOTOR- VEfflCLE-RELATED 
OCCUPANCIES 

406.1.3 Add the following third paragraph at the end 
of the section: 

406.1.3 Garages and Carports 

Ventilation shall be provided as follows: 
Natural ventilation shall be required, and such 
space shall be provided with ventilation outlets in 
the walls or exterior doors. The total net area of 
such ventilation outlets shall be 200 square inches 
(0.129 m^) for a space up to 1,000 square feet 
(92.903 m^) in area and shall be increased 30 square 
inches (0.0194 m^) for each additional 200 square 
feet (1S.58 m^) of floor area up to maximum floor 
area of 3,000 square feet (278.709 m^). 



2. Within a private area, enclosed by a 
seven-foot-high (2.134 m) fence, such that 
entry to the area is limited by the outer, 
nonbarbed fence. 

3. In special instances for localized 
protection, and in areas within or atop a 
building to isolate dangerous conditions. 



SECTION 446 - FENCES 

446. 1 Add the following section: 

446.1 Fences. Fences on any property containing a 
Group R Occupancy shall not be higher than 10 feet 
(3.048 mm). Fences located less than 10 feet (3.048 
mm) from any public sidewalk shall not be higher 
than 10 feet (3.048 mm) unless they are of open-type 
materials such as chain link fabric. Fence height 
shall be measured from the level of general existing 
adjacent ground of the general area prior to the 
improvement of the properties. A fence or railing 
placed on top of the retaining wall shall be 
measured from the top of the wall. 

Fences constructed wholly or in part of barbed wire 
are prohibited, except when permitted with the 
express written permission of the Building Official, 
and the Fire Department in the following situations: 

1. On top of a fence more than 7 feet 
(2.134 m) high, protecting a dangerous or 
hazardous area. 



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TYPES OF CONSTRUCTION 



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FIRE-RESISTANCE-RATED CONSTRUCTION 



SECTION 708 - FIRE PARTITIONS 

708. J Add a second paragraph after the listed items as 
follows: 

Information technology rooms shall be in 
accordance with the Fire Code and Electrical Code. 
See Administrative Bulletin AB-060. 



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INTERIOR FINISHES 



SECTION 804 - INTERIOR FLOOR FINISH 

804. J Add the following sentence after the Exception: 

See Section 2304.11.4.2 for additional requirements 
for wood frame floor construction. 



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Chapter 9 
FERE PROTECTION SYSTEMS 



SECTION 901 - GENERAL 

901.4 Add a second paragraph as follows: 

Notwithstanding any other provisions of the 
California Building Code or other codes or 
regulations, Fire Department connections shall have 
3-inch (76.2 mm) National Standard hose threads. 

SECTION 902 - DEFINITIONS 

902.1 Revise the following two definitions under 
STANDPIPE SYSTEM: 

STANDPEPE SYSTEM, CLASSES OF. Standpipe 
classes are as follows: 

1^ Class I system. A system providing 3" (76.2 

mm) hose connections to supply water for use by fire 
departments and those trained in handling heavy fire 
streams. 

Class III systems. A system providing 
1-1/2-inch (38 mm) hose stations to supply water for 
W use by building occupants and 3" (76.2 mm) hose 
connections to supply a larger volume of water for use 
by fire departments and those trained in handling heavy 
fire streams. 



TABLE 903.2.13 

ADDITIONAL REQUIRED SUPPRESSION 

SYSTEMS 



SECTION 903 
SYSTEMS 



AUTOMATIC SPRINKLER 



903.2.1 Add a second paragraph as follows: 

An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed in 
basements which are a part of a Group A 
Occupancy when the basement is larger than 200 
square feet (18.6 m^) in floor area. 

Table 903.2.13 Add a new line to the end of the Table 
as follows: 



SECTION 


SUBJECT 


3202.3.4 


Pedestrian Walkways over 
Public Streets 



903.3. 1. 1.2 Add the following section: 

903.3.1.1.2 Fire Department connections and hose 
valves. Sprinkler systems requiring a 4-inch (101.6 
mm) or larger water service shall have dual inlet 
connections. 



SECTION 905 - STANDPIPE SYSTEMS 

905.3.4 Revise this section as follows: 

905.3.4 Stages. Stages greater than 1,000 square feet 
in area (93 m^ ) shall be equipped with a Class III wet 
standpipe system with 1-1/2 inch and 3 inch (38 mm ^ 
and 76.2 mm) hose connections on each side of the ^ 
stage. 



SECTION 907-FIRE ALARM AND DETECTION 
SYSTEMS 

907.2.9 Revise Item 3 as follows: 

3. The building contains more than 6 ^ 
dwelling units or sleeping units. 

907.2.9 Add Item 4 as follows: 

4. In congregate residences three or 
more stories in height or having an 
occupant load of 11 or more. 



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907. 2. 9 Add a second paragraph as follows. 



An automatic fire alarm system shall be 
installed throughout all interior corridors serving 
sleeping units. 



Exception: An automatic fire detection system 
is not required in buildings that do not have 
interior corridors serving sleeping units and 
where each sleeping unit has a means of egress 
door opening directly to an exterior exit access 
that leads directly to an exit. 



907.2.10.5. 1 Add a second paragraph as follows: 

Group R-3 congregate residences having an 
occupant load of 6 or more shall be provided with a 
manual fire alarm system. 



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Chapter 10 
MEANS OF EGRESS 



SECTION 1001 - ADMINISTRATION 

1001. 1 Add second and third paragraphs as follows: 

Stairs or ladders used only to attend 
equipment or window wells are exempt from the 
requirements of this chapter. 

Stairways that replace existing stairways in 
residential occupancies and which complied with 
the code in effect at the time they were constructed, 
and which have been adequately maintained and 
increased in relation to any increase in occupant 
load, alteration or addition, or any change in 
occupancy, may be reconstructed in the same 
configuration and construction as the existing 
stairways. 

SECTION 1011 - EXIT SIGNS 

1011.1 Add the following sentence after the exceptions: 

Doorways or other openings leading to a fire 
escape, except within individual dwelling units, shall 
be provided with a sign reading "FIRE ESCAPE" in 
letters not less than 6 inches (152 mm) high. 



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Chapter lOA 
SECURITY REQUIREMENTS 



SECTION lOOlA - SCOPE 

lOOlA.l General. This chapter shall apply to all 
Group R, Division 1 and R, Division 2 Occupancies. 

1001A.2 Apartment Houses. Apartment houses 
(Group R, Division 1 and R, Division 2 
Occupancies) and buildings containing more than 
two residential condominium units shall meet the 
security requirements of this chapter. 

1001A.3 Hotels and Motels. Hotels and motels shall 
comply with the security requirements of this 
chapter. For the purpose of this chapter, any 
building open to the public and offering 
accommodations to transient persons for 
compensation shall be considered as a hotel or 
motel. 



SECTION 1002A - DEFINITIONS 

For the purpose of this chapter, certain terms are 
defined as follows: 

AUXILIARY LOCKING DEVICE is a 
secondary locking system added to the primary 
locking system to provide additional security. 

BURGLARY-RESISTANT GLAZING 
MATERIALS are materials which are defined in 
ANSI/UL Standard 972. 

DEADBOLT is a lock bolt which must be 
actuated by a key, a knob or thumb-turn and when 
projected becomes locked against return by end 
pressure, and does not have spring action, as a latch 
bolt does. A SINGLE CYLINDER DEADBOLT is 
a deadbolt lock which is activated from the outside 
by a key and from the inside by a knob, thumb-turn 
lever or similar mechanism. A DOUBLE 
CYLINDER DEADBOLT is a deadbolt which can 
only be activated by a key from both interior and 
exterior. 



DEADLATCH or DEADLOCKING LATCH 
BOLT is a spring-actuated latch bolt having a 
beveled end and an incorporated plunger which, 
when depressed, automatically locks the projected 
latch bolt against return by end pressure. 

PRIMARY LOCKING DEVICE is the single 
locking system on a door or window unit whose 
function is to prevent unauthorized intrusion. 

WINDOW LOCKING DEVICE is part of a 
window assembly which is intended to prevent 
movement of the movable sash, and may be the sash 
lock or sash operator. 



SECTION 1003A - GENERAL 
REQUIREMENTS FOR SECURITY 

1003A.1 Clearances. The clearance between the 
door and the frame and between meeting edges of 
doors swinging in pairs shall not exceed 1/8 inch (3.2 
mm). The clearance between the door and the floor 
with either flush or raised sill shall be not more 
than 3/4 inch (19.1 mm). 

1003A.2 Door Assemblies. Excluding main entry 
doors, all exterior swinging doors, and swinging 
interior and exterior entry doors, including 
assemblies and related hardware, which are directly 
accessible from the ground level or by stairs or by 
ramp, or from roof areas, or parking lot, or garage 
areas, shall meet the requirements of Grade 20 of 
ANSI/ASTM F476, Standard Test Methods for 
Security of Swinging Door Assemblies. 

All such doors shall be self-closing 
continuously locked, and openable from the interior 
with no special effort or knowledge or key. Where 
electrically operated locks are used, they must be 
self-latching and locking and shall have manual 
release capability from the interior requiring no 
special effort or knowledge or key. 



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1003A.2.1 Main entrance. All main entry doors, 
including electrically operated main entry doors, 
shall be provided with a primary locking device. 
"Main entry doors'' shall be defined as exterior 
doors leading directly into the lobby, registration 
areas or employee entrances. 

1003A.2.2 Viewer. Each door shall be provided 
with a minimum 135-degree viewer which does not 
have sighting capability when viewed from the 
outside. Mounting height shall not exceed 58 inches 
(1473 mm). 

1003A.3 Fire-Rated Door Assemblies. Fire-rated 
door assemblies shall meet the requirements of 
Grade 20, ANSI/ASTM F476. 

1003A.4 Glazing. All glazing within 40 inches (1016 
mm) of any locking mechanism of exterior and 
interior dwelling unit doors shall be of safety glass 
or burglar- resistant glazing. This requirement shall 
not exempt the swinging door assembly standards of 
Grade 20 of ANSI/ASTM F476. 

1003A.5 Metal Gates. Metal gates shall conform to 
the following: 

1. Latch bolt protected by a security plate. 

2. Hinges, bolts, screws shall be 
nonremovable. 

3. Areas within 40 inches (1016 mm) of latch 
mechanism protected by mesh screen or approved 
equal. 

4. Interior release mechanism protected with 
cover. 

5. For electrically operated locks, see Section 
1003A.2. 

1003A.6 Sliding Glass Doors. Sliding glass door 
assemblies shall be so designed that the door cannot 
be lifted from the track when the door is in a locked 
position. 

In addition to the primary locking device, all 
sliding glass doors shall have an auxiliary locking 
device permanently mounted and not accessible 
from the exterior of the building but easily 
accessible from the interior. 



1003A.7 Sliding Glass Windows. Sliding glass 
window assemblies shall be so designed that the 
moving panel cannot be lifted from the track while 
in a closed position. 

1003A.8 Parking Areas. Parking space numbering 
shall not correspond to the guest room or dwelling 
unit number. 

Exterior parking areas and access thereto shall 
be provided with a minimum of 1/2 footcandle 
(5.38 Ix) of light on the parking surface when the 
area is unoccupied. Lighting devices shall be 
protected by weather- and vandalism-resistant 
covers. 



SECTION 1004A - SPECIAL HOTEL AND 
MOTEL SECURITY REQUIREMENTS 

1004A.1 Entry Doors to Guest Rooms. 

EXCEPTION: Residential care facilities licensed 
by the State of California under Title 22 of the 
California Code of Regulations shall not be required 
to comply with the requirements of this subsection. 

Locks shall be a combination of minimum 
1/2-inch (12.7 mm) throw deadlatch with a 
minimum 1-inch (25.4 mm) deadbolt. 

All locks shall be capable of locking out all 
keys, except the emergency keys for guest privacy 
while inside the room, and so constructed that both 
deadlatch and deadbolt are retracted 
simultaneously by a single knob or lever. 

1004A.2 Communicating Door Between Guest 
Rooms. Communicating doors between guest rooms 
if not required to be fire-rated shall meet the 
requirements of Grade 20 of ANSI/ASTM F476 and 
be of minimum I 3/8-inch (35 mm) bonded wood 
core or approved equal. 

1004A.3 Roof Openings. All skylights leading 
directly to guest rooms, offices and enclosed 
commercial space shall be provided with 
burglary-resistant glazing as defined in Section 
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1004A.4 Message and Key Box - Front Desk. The 
message and room key location at the front desk 
shall not be visible from public view so as to 
determine an unoccupied room. 



SECTION 1005A - SPECIAL APARTMENT 
HOUSE AND CONDOMINIMUM SECURITY 
REQUIREMENTS 

1005A.1 Voice Communications. A two-way voice 
communication system shall be provided between 
the common entry door and all interior dwelling 
units. All systems shall provide direct 
communication. 

1005A.2 Lighting. Lighting shall be a minimum of 
1/2 footcandle (5.38 Ix) of light on the ground 
surface from the street to the entry door. Lighting 
devices shall be protected by weather- and 
vandalism-resistant covers. 

1005A.3 Master Keying. Exterior and main 
entrance door locks shall not be on any master key 
system. 



parking lots or garage areas, shall be with approved 
safety glass or burglar-resistant glazing as defined 
in Section 1002 A. Protective iron grill work may 
only be installed where it does not interfere with the 
required means of egress. 

1005A.7 Roof Openings. All skylights leading 
directly to interior corridors, stairwells, dwelling 
units and utility rooms shall be provided with 
burglary-resistant glazing as defined in Section 
1002A. 

1005A.8 Garage Doors. All doors of the sectional 
overhead, one-piece overhead, swing or sliding types 
used on the exterior of a building shall conform to 
the following standards: 

1005A.8.1 Panels of wood doors shall be at least 
5/16-inch (7.94 mm) thick, except sectional overhead 
doors may have panels 1/4-inch (6.35 mm) thick. 

1005A.8.2 Aluminum doors shall be constructed of 
at least 0.025-inch (0.635 mm) thick sheet 
aluminum, riveted, welded or bolted to framing 
members at least 12 inches (305 mm) on center. 



1005A.4 Entry Doors. Entry doors and door 
assemblies shall comply with the following: 

1005A.4.1 Locks shall be combination 1/2-inch (12.7 
mm) throw deadlatch with a minimum 1-inch (25.4 
mm) throw deadbolt, and so constructed that both 
the deadlatch and deadbolt retract simultaneously 
by knob or lever. The deadbolt shall have the ability 
to be thrown from the exterior. 

1005A.5 Exit Doors. All exit doors from corridors 
to exit stairways and from interior stairwells and 
interior fire escapes shall meet the requirements of 
Grade 20 of ANSI/ASTM F476 and be continuously 
locked from the outside. 

Locking devices shall be self-latching or 
self-locking and shall be openable from the interior 
with no special effort or knowledge or key. [See 
Section 1003.3.1.8.] 

1005A.6 Glazed Openings. Glazed openings 
accessible from the ground level, by stairs, ramps. 



1005A.8.3 Steel doors shall be constructed of at 
least 0.023-inch (0.584 mm) thick galvanized steel, 
riveted, welded or bolted to framing members at 
least 12 inches (305 mm) on center. 

1005A.8.4 Fiberglass sectional doors shall be 
constructed of formed fiberglass panels of density of 
at least 5 1/2 oz. per square foot (1678 g/m^), 
pressure sealed to aluminum framing members. 

1005A.8.5 Overhead doors shall be made lockable 
by either: 

For doors 16 feet (4877 mm) wide or less, a 
slide bolt - minimum diameter 3/8-inch (9.5 mm) 
minimum projection 1 1/2 inches (38 mm) - locking 
into the door jamb, capable of utilizing a padlock 
with a minimum 9/32-inch (7.14 mm) shackle. For 
doors over 16 feet (4877 mm) wide, except sectional 
doors, two slide bolt locks shall be required. Slide 
bolt assemblies shall be attached to the door with 
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Electrical operator with automatic locking 
capability, either inherently in the mechanism or as 
an added feature. 

By at least one single-bar lock mounted in the 
end stile, with locking bar or bolt extending into the 
receiving guide a minimum of 1 inch (25.4 mm), and 
with minimum five-pin tumble operation. For doors 
over 16 feet (4877 mm) wide, except sectional doors, 
two single-bar locks shall be required. 

Center locking-handle devices will require 
actuating straps to be enclosed by rigid conduits 
securely fastened to the door. 

1005A.8.6 Swinging garage doors shall be lockable 
by a cylinder deadbolt. 

1005A.8.7 Doors operated by electrical means shall 
be provided with manual release capability from the 
interior, requiring no special effort or knowledge or 
key. 

1005A.8.8 Manually operated chain-driven garage 
doors shall require approval of the Authority 
Having Jurisdiction. 



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Chapter 12 
INTERIOR ENVIRONMENT 



SECTION 1203 - VENTILATION 

1203. 4 Add a second paragraph as follows: 

In other than high-rise buildings, public 
corridors, public hallways and other public spaces 
having openings into adjoining dwelling units, guest 
rooms, or congregate residences within R-1 and R-2 
Occupancies, shall be provided with natural 
ventilation by means of openable exterior openings 
with an area of not less than 1/25 of the floor area of 
such rooms or spaces with a minimum of 4 square 
feet (0.37 m'). 

1203.5 Add a second paragraph as follows: 

In lieu of required exterior openings for 
natural ventilation, a mechanical ventilating system 
may be provided. Such system shall be capable of 
providing two air changes per hour in public 
corridors, public hallways and other public spaces 
having openings into adjoining dwelling units, guest 
rooms, or congregate residences with R-2 
occupancies, with a minimum of 7-1/2 cubic feet per 
minute (3-1/2 L/s) of outside air per occupant 
during such time as the building is occupied. 

SECTION 1205 - LIGHTING 

1205.2.2 Add the following paragraphs after the 
Exceptions: 

The depth of all structural projections, 
including balconies, decks, porches, rooms or roofs, 
shall not exceed 7 feet (2.134 m) when extending 
over areas required for light and ventilation. 

The height of a balcony, deck or porch shall 
not be less than 7 feet (2.134 m) measured from the 
floor to the lowest projection above. 



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Chapter 13A 
COMMERCIAL WATER CONSERVATION 



SECTION 1301A- TITLE 

This chapter shall be known as the "Commercial 
Water Conservation Ordinance." 



BUILDING TYPE means the type of building 
construction, as defined in Chapter 6 of this code, 
and shall take into consideration whether the 
building is a high-rise building as defined by Section 
403 of this code. 



SECTION 1302A- INTENT 

It is the intent of this chapter to conserve existing 
water supplies by reducing the overall demand for 
water in commercial buildings by requiring the 
installation of water conservation devices in 
commercial buildings upon the occurrence of 
specific events and in any event no later than 
November 1, 1994. 



SECTION 1303A- DEFINITIONS 

For the purpose of this chapter, certain terms are 
defined as follows: 

ACCESSIBLE means there is sufficient space 
in which to install the specified energy conservation 
measure without significant alteration to the 
structure. For ducts, plenums or pipes, "accessible" 
shall mean all ductwork, plenums or pipes located 
in mechanical rooms, on roofs and around all air 
handling units. In addition, pipes located above 
movable ceiling panels shall be considered 
accessible, but not ducts or plenums. 

ACCESSIBLE ATTIC SPACE means a space 
between a ceiling joist and roof rafter where the 
vertical clear height from the top of the bottom 
chord of the truss or ceiling joist to the underside of 
the roof sheeting at the roof ridge is greater than 18 
inches (957 mm). 

BUILDING OCCUPANCY means 
OCCUPANCY as defined in Chapter 3 of this code 
and shall also, where practicable, include the 
primary business activity of the property as 
classified by Standard Industrial Classification 
(SIC). 



COMMERCIAL BUILDING means any 
privately owned building except those residential 
buildings and mixed residential-commercial 
buildings or portions thereof that are subject to the 
energy conservation requirements of Chapter 12 of 
the San Francisco Housing Code (Residential 
Energy Conservation Ordinance). 

COST-EFFECTIVE means having a simple 
economic payback that does not exceed four years 
or the expected life of an energy conservation 
measure, whichever is shorter. 

ESCROW means any transaction wherein one 
person, for the purpose of effecting the sale, 
transfer, encumbering or leasing of real property to 
another person, delivers any written instrument, 
money, evidence of title to real property or other 
thing of value to a third person to be held by such 
third person until the happening of a specified event 
or the performance of a prescribed condition, when 
it is then to be delivered by such third person to a 
grantee, grantor, promisee, promisor, obligee, 
obligor, bailee, bailor or any agent or employee of 
any of the latter. 

ESTABLISHED CONTRACTOR'S COST 
means the contractor's fee, including labor and 
material, plus the engineer's fee to do the required 
work, provided that the engineer's fees do not 
exceed the schedule of fees provided by the Building 
Official. 

PERMIT APPLICANT means the person 
listed on the building permit application as the 
owner or lessee of the building. 

QUALIFIED INSPECTOR means an energy 
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authorized to perforin a water conservation 
inspection. 

QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL means a 
person regularly engaged in the field of making 
repairs, adjustments and inspection of energy-using 
equipment contained in HVAC, lighting or service 
hot water systems. 

SERVICE HOT WATER means the supply of 
hot water for domestic or commercial purposes 
other than comfort heating. 

SIMPLE ECONOMIC PAYBACK means the 
time needed to recover a conservation investment on 
the basis of expected energy savings at current 
energy costs. Simple economic payback is expressed 
in years, and is calculated by dividing the 
established contractor's cost of a conservation 
measure by the estimated dollar savings in the first 
year. Available tax credits, incentives and future 
energy costs are not considered in the calculation. 

TRANSFER OF TITLE means the conveyance 
of title to real property by one or more persons as a 
result of sale or exchange, and includes the 
execution of a real property sales contract as 
defined in Section 2985 of the California Civil Code 
and any change of ownership described in 
subdivisions (c) and (h) of Section 61 and 
subdivision (c) of Section 64 of the Revenue and 
Taxation Code. 

WATER CONSERVATION INSPECTION 
means inspection of a commercial building for 
compliance with the requirements of this chapter. 



SECTION 1304A - RULES AND GUIDELINES 

1304A.1 Adopt Rules. The Building Official, in 
cooperation with the General Manager of the Public 
Utilities Commission and other advisors as the 
Building Official may deem appropriate, shall adopt 
reasonable rules and guidelines implementing the 
provisions and intent of this chapter and shall make 
them available to the public along with the 
informational brochure described in Section 1309A. 
The Building Official, in cooperation with the 



General Manager of the Public Utilities 
Commission, may amend these rules and guidelines 
from time to time after considering public input. 

1304A.2 Inspection Procedures. The Building 
Official shall include coverage of this chapter's 
requirements in the Water Inspection Procedures 
established by the Department. 



SECTION 1305A- CIVIL REMEDIES 

1305A.1 Abatement. A commercial building shall 
constitute a nuisance under the terms of Section 
102A of this code when the installation of a water 
conservation measure in a commercial building is 
required pursuant to this chapter and the water 
conservation measure has not been installed by 
November 1, 1994. 

The nuisance shall be abated by civil action 
pursuant to procedures set forth in Section 102A of 
this code for unsafe buildings; provided, however, 
that in no event shall any violation constitute a 
misdemeanor. 

1305A.2 Title Transfer. No transfer subject to this 
chapter shall be invalidated solely because of the 
failure of any person to comply with any provision 
of this chapter. However, any person who willfully 
or negligently violates or fails to perform any duty 
prescribed by any provision of this chapter shall be 
liable in the amount of actual damages suffered by 
a plaintiff. Except as otherwise provided in Section 
1308A, the buyer may institute a civil action to 
require compliance with the requirements of this 
chapter whenever an inspection and installation of 
conservation measures required pursuant to this 
chapter as a result of a title transfer was not done. 
In addition to the cost of compliance with this 
chapter, the plaintiff shall be entitled to court fees 
and attorney's fees necessary to bring about 
compliance with the chapter. 



SECTION 1306A- REQUIREMENTS 

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comply with the applicable water conservation 
measures required by this chapter prior to any 
transfer of title of any commercial building, or 
portion thereof, subject to the provisions of this 
chapter. 

The seller must furnish a copy of the 
completed inspection form showing compliance with 
this chapter to the buyer prior to transfer of title. 

1306A.1.1 Scope. This section shall apply to the 
entire portion of the commercial building that is 
transferred. 

1306A.2 Building Additions. For building additions 
where the sum of concurrent building permits by 
the same permit applicant would increase the floor 
area of the space in a building by more than 10 
percent, the permit applicant shall obtain a valid 
water conservation inspection and shall comply with 
the applicable water conservation measures 
required by this chapter as a condition for issuance 
of a Certificate of Final Completion and Occupancy 
by the Department upon completion of the addition. 

1306A.2.1 Scope. This section shall apply to the 
entire building. 

1306A.3 Building Alterations and Improvements. 
For alterations or improvements where the total 
construction cost estimated in the building permit is 
greater than $50,000, the permit applicant shall 
obtain a valid water conservation inspection and 
shall install the applicable water conservation 
devices required by this chapter as a condition for 
issuance of a Certificate of Final Completion and 
Occupancy by the Department upon completion of 
the alterations or improvements. 

1306A.3.1 Scope. This section shall apply to the 
entire building. 



SECTION 1307A - TIME ALLOWED FOR 
COMPLIANCE 

1307 A. 1 Title Transfers or Major Improvements. 
For title transfers or building additions, alterations 
and improvements (Section 1306A above), 



compliance with this chapter shall be triggered by 
the requirement of an water conservation inspection 
for compliance with the water conservation 
measures set forth in this chapter. 

1307 A.2 Affidavits. In lieu of the inspection and 
certificate of compliance requirements of Section 
1313A, the owner or the owner's authorized agent 
shall file with the Public Utilities Commission an 
affidavit signed by the owner affirming that the 
water conservation devices required by Section 
1315A either have been installed or compliance is 
not required. The affidavit shall be on a form 
provided by the Public Utilities Commission. Copies 
of the affidavit are to be filed in the Department. 



SECTION 1308A- TRANSFER OF 
RESPONSIBILITY FOR COMPLIANCE 

1308A.1 Transfer to Buyer. The seller may 
transfer to the buyer of the building responsibility 
for compliance with the water conservation 
measures of this chapter in accordance with the 
provisions of this section, if at the time of transfer of 
title, the requirements of either Section 1308A.2 or 
1308A.3 have been met. 

1308A.2 Escrow Account Procedure. 

1308A.2.1 Water conservation inspection. A 
qualified inspector shall conduct a water 
conservation inspection. The seller or the seller's 
authorized agent shall file the water inspection form 
with the Department along with a written statement 
indicating that an escrow account has been set up 
pursuant to this section and giving the escrow 
holder's name and address and the escrow number. 

1308A.2.2 Written agreement. A written 
agreement signed by the buyer and seller shall be 
deposited into the escrow containing the following: 

1308A.2.2.1 The buyer's agreement that the 
required water conservation measures will be 
installed, and the certificate of compliance filed with 
the Department, within the time allowed for 
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1308A.2.2.2 The seller's agreement that funds 
equal to 1 percent of the purchase price indicated on 
the accepted purchase offer or $150,000, whichever 
is less, shall be retained by the escrow holder and 
disbursed as follows: 

1. Upon delivery to the escrow holder of a 
copy of the completed certificate of compliance with 
this chapter as filed with the Department within the 
time allowed for compliance under Section 1307 A, 
the escrow holder shall, upon written instructions of 
the buyer, disburse to the buyer as much of these 
funds as are required to pay the provider(s) of the 
materials and labor used to bring the property into 
compliance with the provisions of this chapter and 
shall disburse the surplus thereafter remaining to 
the seller; 

2. If such certificate of compliance is not 
delivered to the escrow holder within the time 
allowed for compliance under Section 1307 A, the 
escrow holder shall deposit all said funds into the 
Commercial Water Conservation Account of the 
Repair and Demolition Fund of the City and County 
of San Francisco established pursuant to Section 
102 A. 13 of this code to be used exclusively to defray 
the cost of materials, labor and administrative fees 
necessary to bring the building into compliance with 
the provisions of this chapter, with any surplus 
funds to be returned to the seller once compliance is 
achieved. No funds shall be deposited in the 
Commercial Water Conservation Account under 
this section so long as an appeal is pending or an 
extension has been granted pursuant to Section 
1310A with regard to that building. 

1308A.3 Filing of Written Agreement. The seller or 
the seller's authorized agent shall file the water 
inspection form with the Department along with a 
written agreement signed by the buyer and seller 
whereby the buyer agrees that the required water 
conservation measures will be installed within 180 
days of the close of escrow with a certificate of 
compliance filed pursuant to Section 1313A. 



SECTION 1309A 
BROCHURE 



INFORMATIONAL 



1309A.1 Written Notice. The seller, or the seller's 
authorized agent, involved in the sale or exchange of 
commercial property subject to the provisions of 
this chapter shall give written notice of the 
requirements of this chapter to the buyer. The 
Department shall make available to the public an 
informational brochure specifying the water 
conservation requirements. 

Delivery of this brochure by the seller or the 
seller's agent to the buyer shall satisfy the notice 
requirements of this section. Failure to give notice 
as required by this section shall not excuse or 
exempt the seller or buyer of commercial property 
from compliance with the requirements of this 
chapter. 



SECTION 1310A - POSTPONEMENTS OF 
REQUIREMENTS 

1310A.1 Postponement for Demolition. The duty of 
a seller, buyer or permit applicant to comply with 
inspection and water conservation requirements 
applicable to any portion of a building subject to 
this chapter shall be postponed for one year from 
the date of issuance of a demolition permit for said 
building. If the building is demolished and a 
certificate of completion is issued by the 
Department before the end of the one-year 
postponement, the requirements of this chapter 
shall not apply. If the building is not demolished 
after the expiration of one year, the provisions of 
this chapter shall apply, subject to appeal, even 
though the demolition permit is still in effect or a 
new demolition permit has been issued. 



SECTION 1311A - EARLY COMPLIANCE 
WITH WATER CONSERVATION MEASURES 

1311A.1 Early Compliance. To encourage early 
compliance with the requirements of this chapter, 
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with the Public Utilities Commission in accordance 
with Section 1307A at any time before compliance 
would otherwise be required. 



SECTION 1312A- WATER CONSERVATION 
INSPECTIONS 

1312A.1 Inspections. A water conservation 
inspection which satisfies the requirements of this 
chapter shall be performed as required by this 
chapter. 



SECTION 1313A - PROOF OF COMPLIANCE 
WITH WATER CONSERVATION MEASURES 

13 13 A. 1 Inspection Form. The Department shall 
provide standardized forms suitable for conducting 
a valid water conservation inspection and certifying 
compliance with the requirements of this chapter. 
The inspection form shall be completed and signed 
by a qualified inspector, furnished to the permit 
applicant, building owner or the owner's authorized 
representative, and filed with the Department in 
accordance with Section 1313A.2 of this code. 

1313A.2 Certificate of Compliance. When all of the 
water conservation requirements have been met, a 
certificate of compliance shall be signed, filed and 
recorded in accordance with Section 1313A.3. 

1313A.3 Public Records. Completed water 
conservation inspection forms, informational 
surveys and certificates of compliance shall be filed 
with the Department and are public records, and 
any person may inspect them during regular 
business hours at the Department. 

Affidavits filed pursuant to Section 1307A 
shall be public records, and any person may inspect 
them during regular business hours at the Public 
Utilities Commission. 



SECTION 1314A- APPEALS FROM RESULTS 
OF A WATER CONSERVATION INSPECTION 

1314A.1 Notice of Appeal. Any person with an 
interest in the property subject to a water 
conservation inspection who contests the 
determination of a qualified inspector regarding 
required water conservation measures may appeal 
said decision to the Building Official within 20 
working days from the date the completed 
inspection form was filed with the Department. The 
notice of appeal shall state, clearly and concisely, 
the grounds upon which the appeal is based. The 
burden of proof shall be on the applicant to 
demonstrate that the water conservation measure is 
not required under this chapter. 

1314A.2 Appeal Procedures. The applicant may 
appeal the Building Official's decision to a hearing 
officer or the Abatement Appeals Board within 10 
working days from the date that said decision was 
issued. The hearing officer shall be appointed by the 
Building Official. The determination of the hearing 
officer or Abatement Appeals Board shall be final. 

The Building Official, in conjunction with the 
Public Utilities Commission, shall develop clear 
rules and procedures for submitting and processing 
appeals, and the rules set forth in Section 105A.2 of 
this code shall not be applicable to these appeals. 
Any person filing an appeal pursuant to this section 
shall pay a filing fee. 



SECTION 1315A - REQUIRED WATER 
CONSERVATION MEASURES 

The following water conservation measures are 
required for commercial buildings: 

1315A.1 Showerheads. Low-flow devices on all 
accessible showerheads having a maximum rated 
flow of not more than 2.5 gallons (9.46 liters) per 
minute. Showerheads of the ball-joint type that 
cannot easily be removed from the wall without 
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1315A.2 Faucet Aerators. Aerators attached to 
sink faucets which faucets are designed to accept 
such devices. These aerators shall include a flow 
restrictor and shall be of a type approved by the 
Building Official of the Department. Health-care 
facilities that are subject to the requirements of this 
chapter shall be exempt from the requirements of 
installing aerators on sink faucets within such 
health-care facilities. 

1315A.3 Low-Flow Toilets. Low-flow toilets [3.5 
gallons (13.25 liters) per flush or less] or approved 
devices in toilets designed to reduce the total volume 
of water in each toilet flush, including but not 
limited to (1) flush reducers, (2) flow restrictors and 
(3) volume reducers. Installation of a retrofit device 
will not be required when its installation will 
impede the designed functioning and/or flushing of 
the toilet. 



SECTION 1316A 
INSPECTIONS 



WATER CONSERVATION 



1316A.1 Inspections. Inspections to determine 
compliance with the water conservation 
requirements of this chapter may be conducted by 
one of the following: 

1. An authorized inspector of the 
Department; 

2. A private inspector authorized by the 
Building Official pursuant to established 
rules and guidelines; 

3. A private inspector hired by the 
Department, or Public Utilities 
Commission, on a contractual basis under 
terms and fees to be recommended by the 
Departments and established by the Board 
of Supervisors. 

1316A.2 Qualified Inspector Duties. The duties of 
a qualified inspector shall be as follows: 

1. To inspect portions of a building that are 
subject to this chapter to determine 
whether the water conservation standards 



specified in Section 1315A have been met 
and, if met, to sign a certificate of 
compliance, pursuant to Section 1313A, 
and to furnish it to the permit applicant, 
building owner or owner's agent; 

2. To record on an official inspection form, 
pursuant to Section 13 13 A, all measures 
required by this chapter for which the 
building is in noncompliance, and to sign 
the inspection form and furnish it to the 
permit applicant, building owner or 
owner's agent. 

1316A.3 Private Water Inspectors. Private 
inspectors shall be required to demonstrate 
financial responsibility by being insured and/or 
bonded in amounts to be determined by the 
Building Official. 

1316A.4 Conflict of Interest. No authorized 
inspector may conduct a water inspection on any 
building in which that inspector has a financial 
interest. For the purposes of this section, an 
inspector shall be deemed to have a financial 
interest in a building if the inspector: 

1. Is an owner of the building or the property 
upon which the building is located in full 
or in part; 

2. Is a full- or part-time employee of the 
building or its owners; 

3. Is regularly placed on the building staff by 
a company that provides building 
engineering, operations and maintenance, 
or other building services to the property. 

1316A.5 Inspector as Employee. No inspector may 
sign a certificate of water conservation compliance 
for a building where that inspector is an employee 
or officer of a company that performed construction 
or repair work required by this chapter. 

1316A.6 Limitation. Water conservation 
inspections are intended to enforce the provisions of 
this chapter only, and are not intended to determine 
compliance or noncompliance with any other 
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Chapter 13B 
CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION DEBRIS RECOVERY PROGRAM 



SECTION 1301B - TITLE 

This chapter shall be known as the 
"Construction and Demolition Debris Recovery 
Program," 



SECTION 1302B - RECOVERY OF 
CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION DEBRIS 

Under the requirements set forth herein and in 
Chapter 14 of the Environment Code, all 
construction and demolition debris in amounts of 
one cubic yard or greater generated in the course of 
a construction or demolition project must be 
transported off the site by a registered transporter, 
unless transported by the owner of the site, and 
handled, processed and otherwise managed by a 
registered facility for recovery of the materials. All 
persons subject to these requirements, including an 
applicant for any building or demolition permit 
shall comply with the requirements for construction 
and demolition debris recovery set forth in Chapter 
14 of the Environment Code. 



SECTION 1303B - DEFINITIONS 

"Construction and Demolition Debris" shall 
mean building materials and solid waste generated 
from construction and demolition activities, 
including, but not limited to, fully-cured asphalt, 
concrete, brick, rock, soil, lumber, gypsum 
wallboard, cardboard and other associated 
packaging, roofing material, ceramic tile, carpeting, 
fixtures, plastic pipe, metals, tree stumps, and other 
vegetative matter resulting from land clearing and 
landscaping for construction, deconstruction, 
demolition or land developments. This term does 
not include refuse regulated under the 1932 Refuse 
Collection and Disposal Initiative Ordinance or 
sections of the Municipal Code that implement the 
provisions of that ordinance; materials from the 
public right-of-way; or, unless specified in Chapter 
14 of the Environment Code, materials source 
separated for reuse or recycling. Hazardous waste. 



as defined in California Health and Safety Code 
section 25100 et seq., as amended, is not 
Construction and Demolition Debris for purposes of 
this Chapter. 

"Registered Transporter" or "Registered 
Facility" shall mean a person who holds a valid 
registration issued by the Director of the 
Department of the Environment pursuant to 
Chapter 14 of the Environment Code. 
"Transporter" does not include a person that owns 
and operates only vehicles with no more than two 
axles and no more than two tires per axle. 



SECTION 1304B - PERMIT COr«)ITION 

The provisions of Chapter 14 of the 
Environment Code and any approvals or conditions 
imposed in writing by the Department of the 
Environment are conditions of the permit issued by 
the Department under Section 106A.1, and a 
violation of Chapter 14 or such approvals or 
conditions shall be deemed non-compliance with the 
permit. 



SECTION 1305B - PERMIT NOTIFICATION 

Permit application materials shall bear notice of 
and reference to the above requirements and the 
owner's responsibility for compliance with such 
requirements. 



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EXTERIOR WALLS 



SECTION 1403 - PERFORMANCE 
REQUIREMENTS 

1403. 7 Add a new section as follows: 

1403.7 Projections and appendages. Provisions 
shall be made at the outer edge of all projections 
and appendages to control rainwater backflow 
under the projection. Ventiiation shall be provided 
for all enclosed spaces of exposed soffits, bays and 
other projections in wood framed construction. 

Where an uncovered balcony or deck with an 
impervious surface exceeds 200 square feet (18.58 
m^) in area, drainage shall be conveyed directly to a 
building drain or building sewer or be conveyed to 
an approved alternate location based on approved 
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Chapter 15 
ROOF ASSEMBLIES AND ROOFTOP STRUCTURES 



SECTION 1501 - GENERAL 

1501.1 Add a second paragraph as follows: 

For qualified historical buildings or properties, see 
Section 3407. 

SECTION 1503 - WEATHER PROTECTION 

1503.4 Add a second paragraph as follows: 

All storm- or casual water from roof areas 
which total more than 200 square feet (18.58 m^) 
shall drain or be conveyed directly to the building 
drain or storm drain or to an approved alternate 
location based on approved geotechnical and 
engineering design. Such drainage shall not be 
directed to flow onto adjacent property or over 
public sidewalks. Building projections not exceeding 
12 inches (305 mm) in width are exempt from 
drainage requirements without area limitations. 

SECTION 1505 - FIRE CLASSIFICATION 

1505.1 Revise the second sentence as follows: 

1505.1 General. Roof assemblies shall be divided 
11^ into the classes defined below. Class A, or B, roof 
assemblies and roof coverings required to be listed by 
this section shall be tested in accordance with ASTM 
E 108 or UL 790. 

1505.1 Add the following at the end of the first 
paragraph: 

Class B or better roof coverings shall be used on all 
buildings. 

1505. 1 Add the following second exception: 

2. Detached accessory structures with a roof 
of less than 200 square feet (18.58 m^) may have 
roof coverings of Class A, B or C. 



TABLE 1505.1 - MINIMUM ROOF COVERING 
CLASSIFICATION FOR TYPES OF 
CONSTRUCTION 

Table 1505. 1 Revise the table as follows: 



lA 


IB 


IIA 


JIB 


IIIA 


IIIB 


IV 


VA 


VB 


B 


B 


B 


B 


B 


B 


B 


B 


B 



SECTION 1507 - REQUIREMENTS FOR ROOF 
COVERINGS 

1507.8 Add the following sentence at the end of the 
paragraph: 

Untreated wood shingles shall not be 
permitted. 

1507.9 Add the following sentence at the end of the 
paragraph: 

Untreated wood shakes shall not be permitted. 



SECTION 1509 - ROOFTOP STRUCTURES 

1509.2 Add the following sentence at the end of this 
section: 

Penthouses shall be of a size no larger than the 
minimum clearances required for the mechanical 
equipment to be installed or no larger than the 
vertical shaft opening in the roof. 

1509. 6 Add the following section: 

1509.6 Roof decks. May be constructed of wood 
when the following conditions are met: 

1. The deck is less than 500 square feet (46.45 
m^) in area. 

2. The deck boards are spaced not greater 
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3. Any open space around the perimeter 
between the deck and the roof surface 
shall be enclosed to within 1 inch (25.4 
mm) of the roof surface. 

4. The deck is constructed of 
fire-retardant-treated wood approved for 
exterior use, or the deck is constructed of 
2-inch (50.8 mm) nominal all heart 
redwood. Guardrails and fences may be 
constructed of any material permitted by 
this code. 



5. The deck is installed on top of a Class A or 
B fire-resistive roof assembly. The deck 
shall not be considered part of such roof 
assembly. 



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Chapter 16 
STRUCTURAL DESIGN 



SECTION 1604 - GENERAL DESIGN 
REQUIREMENTS 

1 604. 3. 7. Add the following section: 

Section 1604.3.7 Building separations. All 
structures shall be separated from adjoining 
structures. Separations shall allow for the total 
deflection dx. Adjacent buildings on the same 
property shall be separated by at least dxT where 



5xT = AM' + CM' 



(Equation 16-0) 



and 6x1 ^^^ ^X2 ^^^ the total deflections of the 
adjacent buildings as determined by ASCE7-05 
Section 12.8.6. 

When a structure adjoins a property line not 
common to a public way, that structure shall also be 
set back from the property line by at least the total 
deflection §x of that structure. 

EXCEPTION: Smaller separations or 
property line setbacks may be permitted when 
justified by rational analyses based on maximum 
expected ground motions. 

J 604. 11. Add the following section : 

1604.11 Minimum Lateral Force for Existing 
Buildings. 

1604.11.1 General. This section is applicable 
to existing buildings when invoked by Section 
3403.5. This section may be used as a standard 
for voluntary upgrades. 

An existing building or structure which 
has been brought into compliance with the 
lateral force resistance requirements of the 
San Francisco Building Code in effect on or 
after May 21, 1973, shall be deemed to comply 
with this section except when a vertical 
extension or other alterations are to be made 



which would increase the mass or reduce the 
seismic resistance capacity of the building or 
structure. 

1604.11.2 Wind forces. Buildings and 
structures shall be capable of resisting wind 
forces as prescribed in Section 1609. 

1604.11.3 Seismic forces. Buildings and 
structures shall comply with the applicable 
provisions of Sections 1613, except that, when 
compliance with this section is required by 
Section 3403.5, then structures and elements 
may be designed for seismic forces of not less 
than 75 percent of those given in Section 1613, 
and the building separation limitations of 
Section 1604.3.7 do not apply. 

When upper floors are exempted from 
compliance by Section 3405, the lateral forces 
generated by their masses shall be included in 
the analysis and design of the lateral force 
resisting systems for the strengthened floor. 
Such forces may be applied to the floor level 
immediately above the topmost strengthened 
floor and distributed in that floor in a manner 
consistent with the construction and layout of 
the exempted floor. 

In lieu of meeting the specific 
requirements of this section, an alternative 
lateral analysis procedure incorporating 
inelastic behavior may be submitted and 
approved in accordance with rules and 
regulations adopted by the Building Official 
pursuant to Section 104A.2.1. 

1604.1 1.4 Design values for existing materials. 
The incorporation of existing materials, 
construction and detailing into the designed 
lateral force system shall be permitted when 
approved by the Building Official. Minimum 
quality levels and maximum load and stress 
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code, Tables 8-8-A and 8-8-B of the State 
Historical Building Code, or with other rules, 
regulations and standards adopted by the 
Building Official pursuant to Section 10A.1. 

/ 604. 12. Add the following section: 

1604.12 Earthquake Recording Instrumentation. 
This section is adopted by the City and County of 
San Francisco for the purpose of evaluating the 
performance of instrumented building in 
earthquakes. 

1604.12.1 - General. Every building over six 
stories in height with an aggregate floor area 
of 60,000 square feet (5574 m^) or more, and 
every building over 10 stories in height 
regardless of floor area, shall be provided with 
not less than three approved recording 
accelerographs. The accelerographs shall be 
interconnected for common start and common 
timing. 

1604.12.2 -Location. The instruments shall be 
located in the basement, midportion, and near 
the top of the building. Each instrument shall 
be located so that access is maintained at all 
times and is unobstructed by room contents. A 
sign stating MAINTAIN CLEAR ACCESS TO 
Tins INSTRUMENT shall be posted in a 
conspicuous location. 

1604.12.3 - Maintenance. Maintenance and 
service of the instruments shall be provided by 
the owner of the building, subject to the 
approval of the Building Official. Data 
produced by the instruments shall be made 
available to the Building Official on request. 

1604.12.4 - Instrumentation of Existing 
Buildings. With the agreement of the owners 
of existing structures selected by the Building 
Official, such structures shall have provided 
accessible space for the installation of 
appropriate earthquake recording 
instruments. Location of said instruments shall 
be determined by the Building Official. The 
Building Official shall make arrangements to 
provide, maintain, and service the 



instruments. Data shall be the property of the 
jurisdiction, but copies of individual records 
shall be made available to the public on 
request and the payment of an appropriate fee. 

TABLE 1607.1 - MINIMUM UNIFORMLY 
DISTRIBUTED LTVE LOADS AND 
CONCENTRATED LIVE LOADS 



Table 1607.1 Add the following footnote n 
Occupancy or Use 33, Sidewalks and Driveways. • 



to 



"' Driveways subject to vehicle loading shall be 
designed in accordance with the American 
Association of State Highway and Transportation 
Officials (AASHTO) HS-20 Standard Specification 
for Highways and Bridges. Sidewalks subject to 
vehicle loading shall be designed for a concentrated 
load of 10,000 pounds placed upon any space 2 1/2 
feet (762 mm) square, wherever this load upon an 
otherwise unloaded sidewalk would produce 
stresses greater than those caused by the uniform 
load of 250 psf required therefor. 



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Chapter 16B 
EARTHQUAKE HAZARD REDUCTION IN UNREEVFORCED MASONRY BEARING WALL 

BUILDINGS 

[Note: The time limits for compliance with the provisions of chapters 1 6B and 1 6C have passed, but the ordinance 
and time limits therein are still in effect.] 



SECTION 1601B - PURPOSE 

The purpose of this chapter is to promote 
public safety and welfare by reducing the risk of 
death or injury that may result from the effects of 
an earthquake on existing unreinforced masonry 
bearing wall buildings. 

The provisions of this chapter are intended as 
minimum standards for structural seismic 
resistance for earthquake ground shaking and are 
established primarily to reduce the risk of life loss 
or injury. Compliance with these provisions will not 
necessarily prevent loss of life or injury, or prevent 
earthquake damage to rehabilitated structures, or 
protect against the release of hazardous materials, 
or protect the function of essential facilities. These 
provisions are not intended to mitigate ground 
failure hazards such as liquefaction. The 
Community Safety Element of the General Plan of 
the City and County of San Francisco should be 
consulted for areas most susceptible to ground 
failure. 

Time limits are given for owners of 
unreinforced masonry bearing wall buildings to 
submit an inventory of each building and an 
evaluation of the degree of risk presented by the 
building. Priorities and time limits are established 
for work to be completed. 

Requirements for seismic strengthening of 
unreinforced buildings are contained in Chapter 
16C. 



SECTION 1602B - SCOPE 

The provisions of this chapter shall apply to all 
existing buildings having one or more bearing walls 
of unreinforced masonry as defined in Chapter 16C. 



EXCEPTIONS: 

1. Buildings housing Group R Occupancies 
containing less than five dwelling units or guest 
rooms and used solely for residential purposes. 

2. Buildings accessory to and on the same lot 
as those described in Exception 1. 

3. Buildings which have been brought into 
full compliance with the requirements of 
Section 3403.5 in effect on or after May 21, 
1973. 

Compliance with the provisions of Chapters 
16B and 16C does not supersede the requirement 
for compliance with Section 3403.5 when otherwise 
required under Chapter 34 of this code. 

A permit issued solely for compliance with any 
of the procedures of Chapters 16B and 16C of this 
code shall not be considered '^substantial change" or 
"structural work" as defined in Section 3403 and 
compliance with Section 3403.5 will not be required. 



SECTION 1603B - DEFINITIONS 

For the purpose of Chapters 16B and 16C, certain 
terms are defined as follows: 

BOLTS-PLUS is the installation of shear and 
tension anchors at the roof and floors and, when 
required, the bracing of the unreinforced masonry 
bearing walls upon evaluation of the height-to- 
thickness ratio of these walls. 

POOR SOIL is all soil lying bayward of the 
line indicating the landward limit of Bay Mud 
deposits as shown on the U.S. Geological Survey 
Map MF-1376, title "Map Showing the 200-feet 
thickness contour of surficial deposits and the 
landward limit of Bay Mud deposits of San 
Francisco, California," by William B. Joyner, 1982. 



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EXCEPTION: A building need not be 
considered as being located on poor soil when 
a subsurface exploration demonstrates that the 
soil is not underlain by Bay Mud. 

UNREINFORCED MASONRY BEARING 
WALL BUILDING is a building or structure having 
at least one unreinforced masonry bearing wall. 



SECTION 1604B - COMPLIANCE 
REQUIREMENTS 

1604B.1 General. The owner of each unreinforced 
masonry bearing wall building within the scope of 
this chapter and Chapter 16C shall cause a 
structural analysis to be made of the building by a 
registered civil or structural engineer or licensed 
architect, and, if the building does not meet the 
minimum standards specified in this code except as 
provided for in Chapters 16B and 16C, the owner 
shall cause the building to be structurally altered to 
conform to such standards or cause the building to 
be demolished pursuant to the program 
implementation schedule set forth. 

1604B.2 Program Implementation. The 
requirements stated in Section 1604B.1 above shall 
be accomplished by submitting to the Building 
Official the following: 

1604B.2.1 Inventory form. The owner is 
required to submit to the Department, within 
the time limits set forth in Table 16B-A, a 
properly completed inventory form, signed 
and sealed by the owner's civil or structural 
engineer or architect. See Section llOA, Table 
lA-S for the applicable fee for the review of 
the inventory form. A failure to respond 
within the time limits set forth in Table 16B-A 
is a violation of this code. 

1604B.2.2 Risk assessment. 

1604B.2.2.1 General. When fdling out the 
required information on the inventory 
form, the owner's architect or civil or 
structural engineer shall assign to the 
building a relative level of risk depending 
upon the occupancy, soil conditions at the 



site and the density of the population 
exposed. 

1604B.2.2.2 Level of risk assigned. 

1. Level 1 buildings are buildings 
containing occupancy Group A 
Occupancies with an occupant load of 300 
or more, or Group E Occupancies, and 
those buildings greater than three stories 
in height which are located on poor soil. 

2. Level 2 buildings are all 
non-Level 1 buildings which are located on 
poor soil in the Downtown, North of 
Market/Civic Center, South of Market, 
South of Market Residential and 
Chinatown Unreinforced Masonry 
Building Study Areas as delineated on 
Figure 16B-L 

3. Level 3 buildings are buildings in 
the above areas which are not located on 
poor soil and buildings located on poor soil 
outside the above areas. 

4. Level 4 buildings are all other 
unreinforced masonry bearing wall 
buildings. 

1604B.2.3 Engineering reports. The owner 
shall engage a registered civil or structural 
engineer or licensed architect to prepare an 
engineering report on the building when: 

1. An owner desires to demolish a 
qualified historical building or any 
building containing a nonexempt Group R 
Occupancy rather than retrofit the 
building, and a report is requested by the 
Building Official or the Director of the 
Planning Department; or 

2. The Bolts-plus level of 
strengthening is proposed; or 

3. Strengthening to comply with the 
State Historical Building Code is 
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4. The owner believes the building 
complies with Chapters 16B and 16C 
without any further alteration. 

The engineering report shall detail 
applicable retrofit requirements of the least 
restrictive retrofit procedure for which the 
building qualifies. The required retrofit 
measures shall be developed schematically, 
and a conceptual construction cost estimate 
shall be included. If the Bolts-plus level of 
strengthening defined above and described in 
Exception 1 to Section 1609C.2 is proposed, the 
necessary measures for compliance with the 
Special Procedure of Section 161 IC shall also 
be designated, and a second cost estimate for 
this option shall also be included in the report. 
If the engineering report demonstrates that no 
deficiencies exist, and the report is approved 
by the Department, the structure will be 
considered to conform to the requirements of 
this chapter. Except as noted in 1. above, the 
report shall be submitted not later than the 
date when the application for the building 
permit to either strengthen or demolish the 
building would otherwise be required. The 
format and content of the engineering report 
shall comply with the provisions of rules and 
regulations to be issued by the Building 
Official pursuant to Section 104A.2.1 after 
consultation with the Seismic Safety Retrofit 
Bond Program Board. See Section llOA, Table 
lA-S for the applicable fee for the review of 
the engineering report. 

1604B.2.4 Application for building permit. 
The owner shall submit to the Department an 
application for a structural alteration permit 
accompanied by structural plans, 
specifications and calculations for the 
proposed mitigation solution or a permit 
application to demolish the building. Time 
limits for submission of the application and for 
permit processing and approval are 
established in Table 16B-A. 

1604B.2.5 Commencement and completion of 
construction. Construction work shall 
commence and a Certificate of Final 
Completion and Occupancy or final inspection 



of work under a demolition permit shall be 
obtained within the time limits set forth in 
Table 16B-A. 

1604B.2.6 Transfer of title. No transfer of 
title shall alter the time limits for compliance 
set forth in Table 16B-A. 



SECTION 1605B - ADMINISTRATION 

1605B.1 Service of Notice. The Building Official 
shall, not later than February 15, 1993, issue a 
notice to comply with Section 1604B.1 to the owner 
of each building known by the Department to be 
within the scope of this chapter. The notice shall be 
accompanied by an informational letter or brochure 
and a sample inventory form. If, on or before 
February 15, 1993, an owner of an unreinforced 
masonry bearing wall building has knowledge that 
he or she owns such a building, then failure of the 
Building Official to issue a notice or failure of the 
owner to receive such a notice shall not relieve the 
owner of the obligation to comply with the 
provisions of Chapters 16B and 16C within the time 
limits set forth in Table 16B-A. An owner is 
presumed to have knowledge that he or she owns an 
unreinforced masonry bearing wall building if the 
building is on the inventory list of potential 
hazardous unreinforced masonry bearing wall 
buildings required by Section 8877(a) of the 
California Government Code. 

For buildings not known to the Department to 
be unreinforced masonry bearing wall buildings 
and whose owners have no knowledge that the 
buildings are unreinforced masonry bearing wall 
buildings, the time limits set forth in Table 16B-A 
shall commence upon the owners having actual or 
constructive knowledge that their buildings are 
unreinforced masonry bearing wall buildings. 

1605B.2 Appeal from Notice. The owner or the 
owner's agent may appeal the Building Official's 
notice to the Unreinforced Masonry Building 
Appeals Board in accordance with Section 105A.7. 

1605B.3 Processing and Recordation. Within 30 
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Official shall review it and either approve it as 
submitted or reject it and return it for correction. 
Inventory forms returned for correction shall be 
revised by the owner's architect or engineer and 
returned to the Department within 30 days of the 
date of the Department's initial rejection. The 
Building Official shall cause to be recorded with the 
Assessor-Recorder's Office a notice of the 
requirement for structural alteration or demolition 
and the inventory form. The Building Official may 
cause such a notice to be recorded upon expiration 
of the time limits for submittal of the inventory 
form as stated in Table 16B-A. 

1605B.4 Enforcement. Whenever an inventory 
form has not been submitted or a notice issued by 
the Building Official to structurally alter or 
demolish an unreinforced masonry bearing wall 
building has not been complied with within the time 
limits set forth in Table 16B-A, the Building Official 
shall have the power to abate the building in 
accordance with Section 102 A. 

1605B.5 Removal from Inventory. After all of the 
retrofit work required by this chapter and Chapter 
16C has been completed in any building to the 
satisfaction of the Building Official and a 
Certificate of Final Completion and Occupancy has 
been issued in accordance with Section 109A, or 
after a final inspection of building demolition work 
has been made, or if the Building Official finds that 
no retrofit work is required, the Building Official 
shall remove that building from the inventory list of 
potentially hazardous unreinforced masonry 
bearing wall buildings required by Section 8877(a) 
of the California Government Code. The Building 
Official shall thereupon cause to be filed with the 
Assessor-Recorder's Office a release of any notice 
or Abatement Order recorded under Section 
1605B.3 or 1605B.4. Additionally, the Department 
shall furnish to each owner upon satisfactory 
completion of a retrofit a sign, on a standard 
Department form, of the same size as that required 
by California Government Code Section 8875.8, 
stating "This building has been seismically 
retrofitted to reduce the risk of death or injury in 
the event of a major earthquake pursuant to 
Chapters 16B and 16C of the San Francisco 



Building Code." The sign shall also indicate the 
retrofit procedure used and shall bear the signature 
of the Building Official. The posting of the sign shall 
be at the option of the owner. 

1605B.6 Voluntary Seismic Strengthening. The 
owner of a building that is exempt from compliance 
with this chapter may voluntarily retrofit the 
building using the procedures for seismic 
strengthening set forth in Chapter 16C. 

1605Bo7 Application of Future Retrofitting 
Legislation. It is the present intent of the Board of 
Supervisors that, absent a compelling public safety 
necessity, buildings strengthened pursuant to 
Chapter 16C will not be subject to future 
mandatory seismic retrofitting legislation adopted 
by the Board. 

1605B.8 Phased Strengthening. Other provisions of 
this code notwithstanding, an unreinforced masonry 
bearing wall building may be strengthened in 
phases under multiple alteration permits, provided: 

1. A complete structural analysis 
accompanied by plans, specifications and 
calculations for the proposed mitigation 
solution is submitted to the Department with 
the first alteration permit application; and 

2. A phasing program is submitted to 
and approved by the Department as part of the 
review of the first alteration permit 
application; and 

3. Each subsequent alteration permit 
application clearly indicates the further work 
proposed and the work completed to date; and 

4. The engineer or architect responsible 
for the structural design for the strengthening 
program provides structural observation in 
accordance with Section 1709; and 

5. All of the required strengthening 
work is completed within the time limits set 
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SECTION 1606B - EXISTING UTILITY, FERE 
PROTECTION, LIFE-SAFETY SYSTEMS, 
HOMELESS SHELTERS AND DISABLED 
ACCESS REQUIREMENTS 

This chapter does not require alteration of 
existing electrical, plumbing, mechanical, 
fireprotection or life-safety systems which are in 
compliance with the code in effect at the time of 
their construction or installation. The application of 
Section 3403.6 relating to homeless shelters does not 
waive the requirement for compliance with the 
provisions of this chapter and Chapter 16C within 
the time limits set forth in Table 16B-A. This section 
does not exempt any building from compliance with 
the requirements of State or Federal disability 
access regulations. 



SECTION 1607B - ENERGY CONSERVATION 

The provisions of California Code of 
Regulations, Title 24, Part 6, the California Energy 
Code, San Francisco Housing Code, Chapter 12 (the 
Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance) are 
not applicable to buildings altered as required by 
this chapter, unless the alteration work also 
constitutes a change in use as defined in Section 
3406, or increases the conditioned space or alters 
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1 

2 
3 
4 
5 

6 

7 

8 

9 

10 

II 



Figure 16B-1 -Figure I6B.I 



™».,.«-™„„„„„„^,„^^^^_^^^^^^_^^^ 



Downtown 

South of Market 

South of Market/ResidentiaJ 

North of Market/Civic Center 

Bush Street Corridor 

Van Ness/Polk 
Chinatown 
North Beach 
Waterfront 

MissionAJpper Market 
Outlying 




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TABLE 16B-A - PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION SCHEDULE *^ 



I 


n 


ni 


IV 


V 


Risk Level of 
Building 


Submission of 
Inventory Form 
toDBI 


Application of 
Building Permit 
with Plans or 
Application for 
Demolition'* 


Permit Processing 
and Approval'* 


Structural 

Alterations 

Completion^'* 


1 


1.0 


2.0 


2.5 


3.5 


2 


1.0 


2.5 


3.0 


5.0 


3 


1.0 


8.0 


9.0 


11.0 


4 


1.0 


10.0 


11.0 


13.0 



' All time periods are in years measured from February 15, 1993. 

^ When compliance with this table is required, the time limits and extensions of Chapter lA are not 

applicable. 

^ One or more extensions of time totaling not more than two years may be approved by the Building 

Official for a building with preexisting lease(s) due to expire, for tenant relocation conditions, for delays in 

obtaining financing under the City bond fund loan program and for other conditions causing delay. Such 

extension requests must be submitted to the Chief Building Inspector in writing prior to the expiration of the 

permit with payment of a fee. Any construction inspection granted under this footnote during the period of 

extension will require payment of an inspection fee in addition to the basic extension fee. These extensions 

are not cumulative with the extensions allowed by Footnote 4. 

'* For structures containing Occupancy Group A or E and owned by organizations exempt from taxation 

under the Internal Revenue laws of the United States and the Revenue and Taxation Code of the State of 

California as bona fide fraternal, charitable, benevolent, religious or other nonprofit organizations, 

extensions of time in increments of not more than three years up to the maximum time limit set forth in 

Column V of this table may be approved by the Building Official, provided all of the following conditions 

are met: 

1. The owner demonstrates that an application has been made for funding available under the 
general obligation bond or the owner is actively seeking other sources of funds; and 

2. The building is vacated and secured to the Building Official's satisfaction. For Occupancy 
Group A buildings only, in lieu of vacation, an owner may agree in writing to limit occupancy of the 
building for use as an assembly building with an actual occupant load greater than 299 persons to not 
more than 12 hours per week or four hours in any one day. The signs required by California 
Government Code Section 8875.8 shall also be posted at each entrance to the building; and 

3. When deemed necessary by the Building Official, pedestrian protection canopies complying 
with Chapter 33 of this code and Department of Public Works Order No. 157,501 are erected and 
maintained along sidewalks adjacent to the building; and 

4. The Building Official finds that there is no hazard to any adjacent building or that hazard is 
satisfactorily mitigated; and 

5. The owner, for the period of time in which the extension is in effect, agrees not to file an 
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Chapterl6C 
SEISMIC STRENGTHENING PROVISIONS FOR UNREINFORCED MASONRY BEARING 

WALL BUILDINGS 

[Note: The time limits for compliance with the provisions of chapters 1 6B and 1 6C have passed, but the ordinance 
and time limits therein are still in effect.] 



SECTION 1601C - PURPOSE 

The purpose of this chapter is that stated in 
Section 1601B. 



SECTION 1602C - SCOPE 

1602C.1 General. The seismic strengthening of 
unreinforced masonry bearing wall buildings shall 
comply with the provisions of this chapter when 
strengthening either is mandated by Chapter 16B or 
is done voluntarily under Section 1605B.6. The 
elements regulated by this chapter shall be 
determined in accordance with Table 16C-A. Except 
as provided herein, other structural provisions of 
this code shall apply. 

1602C.2 Essential and Hazardous Facilities. The 
provisions of this chapter are not intended to apply 
to the strengthening of buildings or structures in 
Occupancy Categories HI and IV of ASCE 7-05 
Table 1-1. Such buildings or structures shall be 
strengthened to meet the requirements of this code 
for new buildings of the same occupancy category 
or to such other criteria as has been established by 
the Building Official. 

1602C.3 Unreinforced Masonry Private School 
Buildings. The strengthening of unreinforced 
masonry private school buildings shall comply with 
Sections 39160-39176 of the California Education 
Code. 



1602C.5 Party Wall Buildings. In buildings 
separated by party walls, all segments sharing the 
party walls shall be strengthened at the same time 
whenever feasible. When such action is not feasible, 
a party wall in any segment undergoing 
strengthening shall be provided with the capacity to 
resist a reasonable estimate of the shear forces 
generated by the adjacent unstrengthened segments. 

1602C.6 Buildings of Mixed Construction. When 
buildings having at least one bearing wall of 
unreinforced masonry also utilize other structural 
systems, the following requirements shall apply: 

1602C.6.1 Masonry-wood or steel mix. When 
the lower stories of the building are of 
unreinforced masonry bearing wall 
construction and the upper stories are of wood 
frame or steel stud construction, the 
unreinforced masonry stories shall be 
strengthened to meet the requirements of the 
general procedure of this chapter and the 
other stories need not be strengthened. 

1602C.6.2 Masonry-concrete mix. When a 
building is of mixed unreinforced masonry 
bearing wall construction and reinforced 
concrete or masonry construction, the entire 
building shall be strengthened in accordance 
with a program developed by the owner's 
architect or engineer and approved by the 
Building Official. 



1602C.4 Qualified Historical Buildings. Qualified 
historical buildings shall be strengthened to comply 
with this chapter or the alternative provisions 
contained in California Code of Regulations, Title 
24, Part 8, the State Historical Building Code. 



SECTION 1603C - DEFINITIONS 

For the purpose of this chapter, the applicable 
definitions in this code shall also apply. 

COLLAR JOINT is the vertical space between 
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CROSSWALL is a new or existing wall that 
meets the requirements of Section 1611C.3. A 
crosswall is not a shear wall. 

CROSSWALL SHEAR CAPACITY is the 
allowable shear value times the length of the 
crosswall, VpL„ 

DIAPHRAGM EDGE is the intersection of the 
horizontal diaphragm and a shear wall. 

DIAPHRAGM SHEAR CAPACITY is the 
allowable shear value times the depth of the 
diaphragm, vj) 

ESSENTIAL FACILITY is any building or 
structure classified in Occupancy Category IV of 
ASCE 7-05 Table 1-L 



UNREINFORCED MASONRY WALL is a 
masonry wall in which the area of reinforcing steel 
is less than 25 percent of the minimum steel ratios 
required by this code for reinforced masonry. To 
qualify, reinforcing steel must have been installed in 
grouted cells within the masonry. 

UNREINFORCED MASONRY BEARING 
WALL is an unreinforced masonry wall which 
provides the vertical support for a floor or roof for 
which the total superimposed load exceeds 200 
pounds per linear foot (298 kg/m) of wall. 

YIELD STORY DRIFT is the lateral 
displacement of one level relative to the level above 
or below at which yield stress is first developed in a 
frame member. 



HAZARDOUS FACILITY is any building or 
structure classified in Occupancy Category HI of 
ASCE 7-05 Table 1-L 

NORMAL WALL is a wall perpendicular to 
the direction of seismic forces. 

OPEN FRONT is an exterior building wall 
line, without vertical elements of the lateral 
force resisting system in one or more stories. 

PARTY WALL is a wall common to two or 
more buildings located on separate parcels of land. 

POINTING is the partial reconstruction of the 
bed joints of an unreinforced masonry wall as 
defined in Section 1616C. 

QUALIFIED HISTORICAL BUILDING is a 
building or structure as defined in the June 1, 1990, 
Edition of Title 24, California Code of Regulations, 
Part 8, Section 8-302. 

UNREINFORCED MASONRY includes 
burned clay, concrete or sand-lime brick, hollow 
clay or concrete block, plain concrete and hollow 
clay tile. These materials shall comply with the 
requirements of Section 1606C. 



SECTION 1604C - SYMBOLS AND NOTATIONS 

1604C.1 For the purpose of this chapter, the 
applicable symbols and notations in this code shall 
apply. 

A = cross sectional area of unreinforced 
masonry pier or wall, square inches. 

Ai, = total area of the bed joints above and 
below the test specimen for each in-place 
shear test. 

Cp = numerical coefficient as specified in 
Section 1630.2a and given in Table 16-0 
for wall anchorage and parapet and 
appendage strengthening and Table 16C-C 
for Special Procedure diaphragm shear 
transfer. 

D = in-plane width dimension of pier, inches, 
or depth of diaphragm, feet. 

DCR = demand-capacity ratio specified in Section 
1611C.4.2. 

F,^,^ = force applied to a wall at level x, pounds. 

H = least clear height of opening on either side 
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h/t = height-to-thickness ratio of an 
unreinforced masonry wall. Height, h, is measured 
between wall anchorage levels and/or slab-on-grade. 

L = span ofdiaphragm between shear walls, or 
span between shear wall and open front, feet. 

L,, = length of crosswall, feet. 

Li = effective span for an open front building 
specified in Section 1611C.8, feet. 

Pd = superimposed dead load at the location 
under consideration, pounds. For 
determination of the rocking shear 
capacity, dead load at the top of the pier 
under consideration shall be used. 

Po+i^ = stress resulting from the dead plus actual 
live load in place at the time of testing, 
pounds per square inch (psi). 

P^ = weightof wall, pounds. 

Vg = vaA, the allowable shear in any 
unreinforced masonry pier, pounds. 

V^a = total shear capacity of crosswalls in the 
direction of analysis immediately above the 
diaphragm level being investigated, JI^Vc^o^ pounds. 

V^i, = total shear capacity of crosswalls in the 
direction of analysis immediately below the 
diaphragm level being investigated, 27 ^c^ov pounds. 

Vp = shear force assigned to a pier on the basis 
of its relative shear rigidity, pounds. 

V^ = pier rocking shear capacity of any 
unreinforced masonry wall or wall pier, pounds. 

Kent ~ load at incipient cracking for each in-place 
shear test per Section 1614C, pounds. 

V^^ = total shear force resisted by a shear wall at 
the level under consideration, pounds. 



V. 



V, = 



v,„ = 



UvuD 



W = 



w„ = 



ZWtf = 



w^ = 



w = 



z = 



allowable shear stress for unreinforced 
masonry, pounds per square inch (psi). 

allowable shear value for a crosswall 
sheathed with any of the materials given in 
Table 16C-D or 16C-E, pounds per foot. 

mortar shear strength as specified in 
Section 1606C.3.3.4, pounds per square 
inch (psi). 

mortar shear test values as specified in 
Section 1606C.3.3.4, pounds per square 
inch (psi). 

allowable shear value for a diaphragm 
sheathed with any of the materials given in 
Table 16C-D or 16C-E, pounds per foot. 

sum ofdiaphragm shear capacities of both 
ends of the diaphragm, pounds. 

for diaphragms coupled with crosswalls, 
EZ^iP includes the sum of shear 
capacities of both ends of diaphragms 
coupled at and above the level under 
consideration. 

total seismic dead load as defined in 
Chapter 16, pounds. 

total dead load tributary to a diaphragm, 
pounds. 

total dead load to all the diaphragms at 
and above the level under consideration, 
pounds. 

total dead load of an unreinforced 
masonry wall above the level under 
consideration or above an open front 
building, pounds. 

dead load of a unreinforced masonry wall 
assigned to Level x halfivay above and 
below the level under consideration, 
pounds. 

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SECTION 1605C - GENERAL REQUIREMENTS 

1605C.1 General. All buildings shall have a seismic 
resisting system conforming with ASCE 7-05 
Section 12.2, except as modified by this chapter. 

1605C.2 Alterations and Repairs. Alterations and 
repairs required to meet the provisions of this 
chapter shall comply with all other applicable 
structural requirements of this code unless 
specifically provided for in this chapter. 

1605C.3 Requirements for Plans. In addition to the 
requirements of Section 106A.3.3 of this code, the 
following construction information shall be included 
in the plans required by this chapter: 

1 . Dimensioned floor and roof plans showing 
existing walls and the size and spacing of floor and 
roof framing members and sheathing materials. The 
plans shall indicate all existing and new crosswalls 
and shear walls and their materials of construction. 
The location of these walls and their openings shall 
be fully dimensioned and drawn to scale on the 
plans. 

2. Dimensioned wall elevations showing 
openings, piers, wall classes as deflned in Section 
I606C.3.3.6, thickness, heights, wall shear test 
locations, and cracks or damaged portions requiring 
repairs. Where the exterior face is veneer, the type 
of veneer, its thickness and its bonding and/or ties to 
the structural wall masonry shall also be noted. 

3. The type of interior wall and ceiling 
materials and framing. 

4. The extent and type of existing wall 
anchorage to floors and roof when used in the 
design. 

5. The extent and type of parapet and 
appendage corrections which were previously 
performed, if any. 

6. Repair details, if any, of cracked or 
damaged unreinforced masonry wall walls required 
to resist forces specified in this chapter. 



7. All other plans, sections and details 
necessary to delineate required retrofit 
construction. 

8. The design procedure used shall be stated 
on both the plans and the permit application. 

9. Details of the anchor prequaliflcation 
program required by Section 1615C, if utilized, 
including location and results of all tests. 

10. In buildings with party walls, the details of 
construction on both sides of each party wall shall 
be shown. Where required by Section 161 IC.l, Item 
5 the owners' consent statements shall be included 
with the plans. 



SECTION 1606C - MATERIALS 
REQUIREMENTS 

I6O6C0I General. All materials permitted by this 
chapter, including their appropriate allowable 
design values and those existing configurations of 
materials specified herein, may be utilized to meet 
the requirements of this chapter. 

1606C.2 Existing Materials. All existing materials 
utilized as part of the required vertical load- 
carrying or lateral force-resisting system shall be in 
sound condition or shall be repaired or removed 
and replaced with new materials. All unreinforced 
masonry materials shall comply with the following 
requirements: 

1. The construction (lay-up) of the masonry 
units complies with Section 1606C.3.2 and the 
quality of bond between the units has been verified 
to the satisfaction of the Building Official. 

2. Concrete masonry units are verified to be 
load-bearing units complying with ASTM Standard 
Specification C 90 or such other standard as is 
acceptable to the Building Official. 

3. Hollow clay tile units are verified to be 
structural load-bearing units complying with ASTM 
Standard Specification C 34 or such other standard 
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4. The compressive strength of plain concrete 
walls shall be determined based on cores taken from 
each class of concrete wall. The location and 
number of tests shall be the same as prescribed for 
strength tests in Sections 1606C.3.3.2 and 
1606C.3.3.3. 

1606C.3 Existing Unreinforced Masonry Walls. 

1606C.3.1 General. All unreinforced masonry 
walls utilized to carry vertical loads or seismic 
forces parallel and perpendicular to the wall plane 
shall be tested as specified in this section. All 
masonry that does not meet the minimum standards 
established by this chapter shall be removed and 
replaced with new materials, repaired or 
alternatively shall have its structural functions 
replaced with new materials and shall be anchored 
to supporting elements. 

1606C.3.2 Construction (lay-up) of walls. 

1606C.3.2.1 Multi-wythe solid brick. The facing 
and backing shall be bonded so that not less than 10 
percent of the exposed face area is composed of 
solid headers extending not less than 4 inches (101.6 
mm) into the backing. The clear distance between 
adjacent full-length headers shall not exceed 24 
inches (609.6 mm) vertically or horizontally. Where 
the backing consists of two or more wythes, the 
headers shall extend not less than 4 inches (101.6 
mm) into the most distant wythe or the backing 
wythes shall be bonded together with separate 
headers whose area and spacing conform to the 
foregoing. Wythes of walls not bonded as described 
above shall be considered as veneer. Veneer wythes 
shall not be included in the effective thickness used 
in calculating the height to thickness and the shear 
capacity of the wall. 

1606C.3.2.2 Grouted or ungrouted hollow concrete 
or clay block and structural hollow clay tile. These 
materials shall be laid in a running bond pattern. 

Other lay-up patterns may be acceptable if 
their performance can be justified as being at least 
equal to those specified above. 



1606C.3.3 Mortar. 

1606C.3.3.1 Tests. The quality of mortar in all 
masonry walls shall be determined by performing 
in-place shear tests in accordance with Section 
1614C. Alternative methods of testing may be 
approved by the Building Official for masonry walls 
other than brick. 

1606C.3.3.2 Location of tests. The shear tests shall 
be taken at locations representative of the mortar 
conditions throughout the entire building, taking 
into account variations in workmanship at different 
building height levels, variations in weathering of 
the exterior surfaces, and variations in the condition 
of the interior surfaces due to deterioration caused 
by leaks and condensation of water and/or by the 
deleterious effects of other substances contained 
within the building. The exact test locations shall be 
determined at the building site by the engineer or 
architect in responsible charge of the structural 
design work. An accurate record of all such tests 
and their location in the building shall be recorded, 
and these results shall be submitted to the 
Department for approval as part of the structural 
analysis. 

1606C.3.3.3 Number of tests. The minimum 
number of tests per class shall be as follows: 

1. At each of both the first and top stories, 
not less than two tests per wall or line of wall 
elements providing a common line of resistance to 
lateral forces. 

2. At each of all other stories, not less than 
one test per wall or line of wall elements providing 
a common line of resistance to lateral forces. 

3. In any case, not less than one test per 1,500 
square feet (139.355 m^) of wall surface nor less 
than a total of eight tests. 

1606C.3.3.4 Minimum quality of mortar. 

1. Mortar shear test values, v,^ in psi shall be 
obtained for each in-place shear test in accordance 
with the following equation: 



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V,o = (y,es/\) - Pd.L 



(16C-1) SECTION 1607C - QUALITY CONTROL 



2. The mortar shear strength, v^ is the value 
in psi that, after discarding the lowest 20 percent of 
the mortar shear test values, v,^, is the lowest of the 
remaining 80 percent of the mortar shear test 
values. 

3. Any unreinforced masonry bearing wall 
with Vi„, or with mortar shear strength, v^, less than 
30 psi (206.84 kPa) shall be either removed, entirely 
pointed and retested or have its structural function 
replaced and shall be anchored to supporting 
elements in accordance with Section 1606C.3.1 and 
Section 1613C.8. When existing mortar in any 
wythe is pointed to increase its shear strength and 
retested, the condition of the mortar in the adjacent 
bed joints of the inner wythe or wythes and the 
opposite outer wythe shall be examined for extent of 
deterioration. The shear strength of any wall class 
shall be no greater than that of the weakest wythe of 
that class. 

1606C.3.3.5 Collar joints. The collarjoints shall be 
inspected at the test locations during each in-place 
shear test, and estimates of the percentage of the 
surfaces of adjacent wythes which are covered with 
mortar shall be reported along with the results of 
the in-place shear tests. 

1606C.3.3.6 Unreinforced masonry classes. All 
existing unreinforced masonry shall be categorized 
into one or more classes based on quality of 
construction, state of repair, deterioration and 
weathering. A class shall be characterized by the 
allowable masonry shear stress determined in 
accordance with Section 1608C.2. Classes shall be 
defined for whole walls, not for small areas of 
masonry within a wall. 

1606C.3.3.7 Pointing. AH deteriorated mortar 
joints in unreinforced masonry bearing walls shall 
be pointed according to Section 1616C. Nothing 
shall prevent pointing of any deteriorated masonry 
wall joints before the tests are made, except as 
required in Section 1607C.1. 



1607C.1 Pointing. All preparation and mortar 
pointing shall be performed with special inspection. 

EXCEPTION: At the discretion of the Building 
Official, incidental pointing may be performed 
without special inspection. 

I607C.2 Masonry Shear Tests. In-place shear tests 
shall comply with Section 1614C. 

1607C.3 Existing Wall Anchors. Existing wall 
anchors utilized as all or part of the required 
tension anchors shall be tested in pullout according 
to Section 1615C. The minimum number of anchors 
tested shall be four per floor, with two tests at walls 
with joists framing into the wall and two tests at 
walls with joists parallel to the wall, but not less 
than 10 percent of the total number of existing 
tension anchors at each level. 

1607C.4 New Bolts. Twenty-five percent of all new 
embedded bolts resisting only shear forces in 
unreinforced masonry walls shall be tested using a 
calibrated torque wrench in accordance with 
Section 1615C. 

EXCEPTION: The number of bolts tested may 
be reduced to 10 percent when special 
inspection in accordance with Section 1704 is 
provided during installation but in no case 
shall less than two bolts per 500 square feet 
(46.45 m^) of wall or four bolts per wall be 
tested. 

All new embedded bolts resisting tension forces 
or a combination of tension and shear forces shall 
be subject to periodic special inspection in 
accordance with Section 1704.16 prior to placement 
of the bolt and grout or adhesive in the drilled hole. 
Five percent of all embedded bolts resisting tension 
forces, but not less than two bolts, shall be subject to 
a direct tension test and an additional 20 percent, 
but not less than three bolts, shall be tested using a 
torque calibrated wrench. Testing shall be 
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New through bolts and existing bolts installed 
under the Parapet Safety Program need not be 
tested. 

SECTION 1608C - ALLOWABLE DESIGN 
VALUES 

1608C.1 Allowable Values. 

1608C.L1 Existing materials. Allowable values for 
existing materials are given in Table 16C-D, and for 
new materials in Table 16C-E. 

1608C.1.2 Values not specified. Allowable values 
not specified in this chapter shall be as specified 
elsewhere in this code. 

1608C.2 Masonry shear. The allowable 
unreinforced masonry shear stress, Vg shall be 
determined for each masonry class from the 
following equation: 



1. 
height. 



The building does not exceed two stories in 



v„ = 0.1v, + 0.15Pj/A 



(16C-2) 



The mortar shear test value, v„ shall be 
determined in accordance with Section 1606C.3.3, 
and shall not exceed 100 psi (689.476 kPa) for the 
determination of v^ 

The one-third increase in allowable values of 
this code for short-term loading is not allowed for v„ 

1608C.3 Masonry Compression. Where any 
increase in dead plus live compression stress occurs, 
the allowable compression stress in unreinforced 
masonry shall not exceed 100 psi (689.476 kPa). The 
one-third increase in allowable stress of this code is 
allowed. 

1608C.4 Masonry Tension. Unreinforced masonry 
shall be assumed as having no tensile capacity. 

1608C.5 Unreinforced Masonry Materials Other 
Than Solid Brick. The provisions of this chapter 
are primarily intended for brick construction but 
are also applicable to other unreinforced masonry 
materials when the following conditions are 
satisfied. 



2. In the case of hollow concrete and clay 
block, the shear stress is limited to that permitted 
by Equations 16C-1 and 16C-2 based on the net area 
in contact through the bed joints but not more than 
that calculated using a mortar shear strength, v^ of 
100 psi (689.476 kPa). 

3. In the case of plain concrete, the 
compressive strength (/'J shall be not less than 900 
psi (6,205.28 kPa) and the allowable shear strength 
is limited to not more than 0.02 Z'^. 

4. In the case of all other unreinforced 
masonry materials, the shear stress is limited to 3 
psi (20.684 kPa) based on the net area in contact 
through the bed joint. 

Unreinforced masonry not meeting the above 
criteria shall have its structural function replaced 
and shall be resupported, if required, in accordance 
with Section 1613C.8. 

1608C.6 Existing Tension Anchors. The allowable 
resistance values of the existing anchors shall be 40 
percent of the average of the tension tests of existing 
anchors having the same wall thickness and joist 
orientation. The one-third increase in allowable 
value of this code is not allowed for existing tension 
anchors. 

1608C.7 Foundations. For existing foundations, 
new total dead loads may be increased over existing 
dead load by 25 percent. New total dead load plus 
live load plus seismic forces may be increased over 
existing dead load plus live load by 50 percent. 

EXCEPTION: In buildings located in poor soil 
areas as defined in Chapter 16B, any increase 
in dead load shall require an evaluation of the 
existing foundation system. 

Higher values may be justified only in 
conjunction with a geotechnical investigation. A 
foundation investigation shall be also submitted 
with the building permit application when: 



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1. A building has an existing full or partial 
pile supported, or similar foundation system or 
whenever the installation of such a system is 
proposed as part of the strengthening. 

2. Whenever there is evidence of significant 
distress attributable to foundation or geotechnical 
conditions. 

3. An investigation is required by Section 
1802 or 1804. 

4. It is desired to prove that the building is 
not on poor soil as permitted by the exception to 
Section 1603B. 



SECTION 1609C - SELECTION OF 
PROCEDURE 

1609C.1 General. Except as modified herein, the 
analysis and design relating to the structural 
alteration of existing buildings shall be in 
accordance with this code. 

1609C.2 Selection of Procedure. All buildings shall 
be analyzed by either the General Procedure of 
Section 1610C or, when applicable, buildings may 
be analyzed by the Special Procedure of Section 
1611C. 

EXCEPTIONS: 

1. A building may be strengthened to the 
Bolts-plus level by complying only with the 
requirements for wall anchorage (tension 
bolts), diaphragm shear transfer (shear bolts) 
and out-of-plane wall and parapet and 
appendage bracing, provided the entire 
building complies with all of the following 
requirements: 

(1) The building does not have any 
vertical irregularities of Types lA or IB 
(Soft Story), 4 (In-Plane Discontinuity) or 
5A or 5B (Weak Story) as defined in 
ASCE 7-05 Table 12.3-2 or horizontal 
irregularities of Types 3 (Diaphragm 
Discontinuity) or 4 (Out-of-Plane Offset) 



as defined in ASCE 7-05 Table 12.3-1 or 
those irregularities are corrected. 

(2) The building does not contain 
any Group A Occupancies with an 
occupant load of 300 or more, or Group E, 
Group I or Group H-1, H-2, or H-4 
Occupancies. 

(3) The building has a mortar shear 
strength, v„ as determined by Section 
1606C.3.3, of 30 psi (206.843 kPa) or more 
for all masonry classes. 

(4) The building has wood or 
plywood diaphragms at all levels above the 
base of building. 

(5) The building contains a 
maximum of six stories above the base of 
the building. The base shall be the ground 
level and basement or basements shall be 
excluded from the story count. 

EXCEPTION: In an otherwise 
qualifying building of greater than six 
stories, a maximum of six of the 
uppermost contiguous stories may be 
retrofitted using the Bolts-Plus 
Procedure, providing the building is 
not located on poor soil as defined in 
Section 1603B. The masonry walls 
required by Item 7 below shall occupy 
not less than 50 percent of the wall 
length in the lowest two of the 
uppermost six stories. Nonqualifying 
stories and stories below the 
uppermost six shall be retrofitted to 
any other procedure for which they 
qualify. 

(6) The building has or will be 
provided with crosswalls as defined in 
Section 1611C.3 at a spacing that does not 
exceed 40 feet (12.192 m) on center. Any 
story which does not have or is not 
provided with complying crosswalls and 
all stories below that story shall be 
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Section 161 DC or, where applicable, the 
Special Procedure of Section 161 IC. The 
floor structure that separates the 
Bolts-Plus and General or Special 
Procedure stories shall be investigated for 
its adequacy to act as a diaphragm in 
accordance with Section 1610C.1 or, 
where the Special Procedure is applicable, 
Section 1611C.4. 

(7) The building has or will be 
provided with a minimum of two lines of 
vertical elements of the lateral force 
resisting system parallel to each axis. 
Masonry walls shall have wall piers with a 
height-to-width ratio that does not exceed 
2 to 1 and shall occupy not less than 40 
percent of the wall's length in order to be 
considered as providing a line of 
resistance. Existing moment frames and 
other lines of resistance added or altered 
to comply with this requirement shall fully 
comply with Section 1612C. At least one 
line in each direction shall be a masonry 
or concrete shear wall. 

(8) In buildings containing one or 
more party walls, the Bolts-Plus 
Procedure shall not be used unless each 
building sharing a party wall individually 
complies with all of the limitations set 
forth above and the owner of each such 
building consents to the use of the 
procedure in writing. 

When the Bolts-Plus Procedure is 
applicable, the forces to be used for 
diaphragm shear transfer and irregularity 
correction shall be those specified in 
Sections 1611C.5 and 1611C.6 and h/t 
ratios shall be evaluated in accordance 
with Section 1611C.7. When the 
intersection of the diaphragm span and 
demand capacity ratio falls outside the 
three regions of Figure 16C-1, the h/t 
ratios for *^all other buildings'' in Table 
16C-B shall be used. The measures used to 
comply shall be part of, and be 



coordinated with, the complete 
strengthening scheme described in the 
engineering report required by Section 
1604B.2.3. 

2. Buildings which are strengthened to 
conform to the requirements of Section 3403.5 
in effect on or after May 21, 1973, are exempt 
from compliance with the provisions of this 
chapter. 



SECTION 1610C - GENERAL PROCEDURE 

1610C.1 Minimum Design Lateral Forces. 
Buildings shall be analyzed to resist minimum 
lateral forces assumed to act nonconcurrently in the 
direction of each of the main axes of the structure in 
accordance with the following: 



V=0.10W 



(16C-3) 



EXCEPTION: The lateral forces need not exceed 
those prescribed by Section 1613. 

For buildings more than one story in height, the 
total force shall be distributed over the height of the 
building in accordance with the procedures of 
Chapter 16. 

For the purpose of this chapter, a dynamic 
analysis need not be performed for those buildings 
with irregularities, as defined in ASCE 7-05 Table 
12.3-2 and ASCE 7-05 Table 12.3-1 which would 
otherwise require such analysis. All other design 
and analysis requirements of those tables shall 
apply. 

1610C.2 Lateral Forces on Elements of Structures. 
Parts of structures shall be analyzed and designed 
as required in Chapter 16. 

EXCEPTIONS: 

1. Unreinforced masonry walls for which 
height-to-thickness ratios do not exceed ratios 
set forth in Table 16C-B need not be analyzed 
for out-of-plane loading. Unreinforced 
masonry walls which exceed the allowable h/t 
ratios of Table 16C-B shall be braced 
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2. Parapets complying with Section 1613C.6 
need not be analyzed for out-of-plane loading. 

3. Out-of-plane anchorage of the walls shall 
be designed to 0.3 times the mass of the wall. 

1610C.3 Shear Walls (In-Plane Loading). Shear 
walls shall comply with Section 1612C. 

1610C.4 Chords. When required by the structural 
analysis, chord forces of horizontal diaphragms 
shall be developed in existing materials or by the 
addition of new materials. 



SECTION 161 IC - SPECIAL PROCEDURE 

1611C.1 Limits for Application. The Special 
Procedure of this section may only be applied to 
buildings with the following characteristics: 

1. The building is not an essential or 
hazardous facility. 

2. Wood or plywood diaphragms at all levels 
above the base of structure. 

3. A maximum of six stories above the base of 
the building. The base shall be the ground level, and 
basement or basements shall be excluded from the 
story count. 

EXCEPTION: An otherwise qualifying 
building of greater than six stories may 
also be retrofitted using the Special 
Procedure, provided the building is not 
located on poor soil as defined in Section 
1603B or does not contain any Group A 
Occupancies with an occupant load of 300 
or more, or Group E, or Group I 
Occupancies. 

4. Except for single-story buildings with an 
open front on one side only, a minimum of two lines 
of vertical elements of the lateral force resisting 
system complying with Section 1612C parallel to 
each axis. At least one line in each direction shall be 
a masonry or concrete shear wall. Requirements for 
open front buildings are contained in Section 
1611C.8. 



5. In buildings containing one or more party 
walls, the Special Procedure shall not be used unless 
each building sharing a party wall individually 
complies with all of the limitations set forth above, 
and the owner of each such building consents to the 
use of the procedure in writing. 

1611C.2 Lateral Forces on Elements of Structures. 
With the exception of the diaphragm provisions in 
Section 161 1C.4, elements of structures shall comply 
with Section 1610C.2. 

1611C.3 Crosswalls. Crosswalls when used shall 
meet the requirements of this section. 

1611C.3.1 Crosswall definition. A "crosswall" is a 
wood-framed wall sheathed with any of the 
materials described in Table 16C-D or 16C-E or 
other system as defined in Section 1611C.3.5. 
Spacing of crosswalls shall not exceed 40 feet (12.19 
m) on center measured perpendicular to the 
direction of consideration and shall be placed in 
each story of the building. Crosswalls shall extend 
the full story height between diaphragms. 

EXCEPTIONS: 

1. Crosswalls need not be provided at all 
levels in accordance with Section 1611C.4.2(4). 

2. Existing crosswalls need not be continuous 
below a wood diaphragm at or within 4 feet 
(1.219 m) of grade, provided: 

(1) Shear connections and anchorage 
requirements. Section 1611C.5 are 
satisfied at all edges of the diaphragm. 

(2) Crosswalls with total shear 
capacity of 0.08a Fi^j interconnect the 
diaphragm to the foundation. 

(3) The demand-capacity ratio of the 
diaphragm between the crosswalls that are 
continuous to their foundations shall be 
calculated as: 

DCR = (0.332 FF^ + VJ/2v„D (16C-4) 
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1611C.3.2 Crosswall shear capacity. Within any 40 
feet (12.19 m) measured along the span of the 
diaphragm, the sum of the crosswall shear 
diaphragm at or above the level under 
consideration. 

1611C.3.3 Existing crosswalls. Existing crosswalls 
shall have a maximum height-to-length ratio 
between openings of 1.5 to 1. Existing crosswall 
connections to diaphragms need not be investigated 
as long as the crosswall extends to the framing of 
the diaphragm above and below. 

1611C.3.4 New crosswalls. New crosswall 
connections to the diaphragm shall develop the 
crosswall shear capacity. New crosswalls shall have 
the capacity to resist an overturning moment equal 
to the crosswall shear capacity times the story 
height. Crosswall overturning moments need not be 
cumulative over more than two stories. 

1611C.3.5 Other crosswall systems. Other systems, 
such as moment resisting frames, may be used as 
crosswalls, provided that the yield story drift does 
not exceed 1 inch (25.4 mm) in any story. 

1611C.4 Wood Diaphragms. 

161IC.4.1 Acceptable diaphragm span. A 
diaphragm is acceptable if the point (L,DCR) on 
Figure 16C-1 falls within Regions 1, 2 or 3. 

1611C.4.2 Demand-capacity ratios. 

Demand-capacity ratios shall be calculated for the 
diaphragm at any level according to the following 
formulas: 

1. For a diaphragm without qualifying 
crosswalls at levels immediately above or below: 



DCR=Q332lWcl[lly,,a-U. 



■CP/ 



(16C-7) 



DCR=Q.ZZ2Wa!lVuD 



(16C-5) 



DCR shall be calculated at each level for the set 
of diaphragms at and above the level under 
consideration. In addition, the roof diaphragm shall 
also meet the requirements of Formula (16C-6). 

4. For a roof diaphragm and the diaphragm 
directly below if coupled by crosswalls: 



DCR=0.232lW,/llyjU 



(16C-8) 



2. For a diaphragm in a single-story building 
with qualifying crosswalls: 



1611C.4.3 Chords. An analysis for diaphragm 
flexure need not be made and chords need not be 
provided. 

1611C.4.4 Collectors. An analysis of diaphragm 
collector forces shall be made for the transfer of 
diaphragm edge shears into vertical elements of the 
lateral force resisting system. Collector forces may 
be resisted by new or existing elements. 

1611C.4.5 Diaphragm openings. 

1611C.4.5.1 Forces. Diaphragm forces at corners 
of openings shall be investigated and shall be 
developed into the diaphragm by new or existing 
materials. 

1611C.4.5.2 Demand-capacify ratio. In addition to 
the demand-capacity ratios of Section 1611C.4.2,the 
demand-capacify ratio of the portion of the 
diaphragm adjacent to an opening shall be 
calculated using the opening dimension as the span. 

1611C.4.5.3 End quarter of diaphragm. Where an 
opening occurs in the end quarter of the diaphragm 
span, vJD for the demand-capacify ratio calculation 
shall be based on the net depth of the diaphragm. 

1611C.5 Diaphragm Shear Transfer. Diaphragms 
shall be connected to shear walls with connections 
capable of developing a minimum force given by the 
lesser of the following formulas: 



DCR=Q.322WAlyM*y^u) 



(16C-6) 



V=0,2C^W, 



(16C-9) 



3. For diaphragms in a multi-story building 
with qualifying crosswalls in all levels: 



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F=v„Z> (16C-10) 

1611C.6 Shear Walls (In-Plane Loading). 

1611C.6.1 Wall story force. The wall story force 
distributed to a shear wall at any diaphragm level 
shall be the lesser value calculated as: 

1. For buildings without crosswalls: 

F,, = 0.132 (W^, + W,/2) (16C-11) 

but need not exceed 

F^^ = 0,132W^, + vJ) (16C-12) 

2. For buildings with crosswalls in all levels: 



F^, = 0.1(W^,+ W,/2) 
but need not exceed 

F^ = 0.1[W^^ IW, (v,D/llv,D)J 

and need not exceed 
F =O.JW +v D 



(16C-13) 



(16C-14) 



(16C-15) 



1611C.6.2 Wall story shear. The wall story shear 
shall be the sum of the wall story forces at and 
above the level of consideration. 



Vta = IP. 



(16C-16) 



1611C.6.3 Shear wall analysis. Shear walls shall 
comply with Section 1612C. 

1611C.6.4 Moment frames. Moment frames used in 
place of shear walls shall be designed as required in 
Chapter 16 except that the forces shall be as 
specified in Section 1611C.6.1 and the story drift 
ratio shall be limited to 0.005, except as further 
limited by Section 1612C.4.2. 

1611C.7 Out-of-PIane Forces - Unreinforced 
Masonry Walls. 

1611C.7.1 Allowable unreinforced masonry wall 
height-to-thickness ratios. The provisions of Section 



1610C.2 are applicable except the allowable 
height-to-thickness ratios given in Table 16C-B shall 
be determined from Figure 16C-1 as follows: 

L In Region 1, height-to-thickness ratios for 
buildings with crosswalls may be used if qualifying 
crosswalls are present in all stories. 

2. In Region 2, height-to-thickness ratios for 
buildings with crosswalls may be used whether or 
not qualifying crosswalls are present. 

3. In Region 3, height-to-thickness ratios for 
"all other buildings" shall be used whether or not 
qualifying crosswalls are present. 

1611C.7.2 Walls with diaphragms in different 
regions. When diaphragms above and below the 
wall under consideration have demand-capacity 
ratios in different regions of Figure 16C-1, the lesser 
height-to-thickness ratio shall be used. 

1611C.8 Open Front Design Procedure. A 
single-story building with an open front on one side 
and crosswalls parallel to the open front may be 
designed by the following procedure: 

1. Effective diaphragm span, Lj, for use in 
Figure 16C-1 shall be determined in accordance 
with the following formula: 



L, = 2f(W„/WJL+LJx 



(16C-17) 



2. Diaphragm demand-capacity ratio shall be 
calculated as: 

DCR = 0.332 (W, + WJ /f(vj)) + V,, ] 

(16C-18) 



SECTION 1612C - ANALYSIS AND DESIGN 

1612C.1 Analysis of Vertical Elements of the 
Lateral Force-Resisting System. General. The 
following requirements are applicable to both the 
General Procedure and Special Procedure. 



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1612C.2 Existing Unreinforced Masonry Walls. 

1612C.2.1 Flexural rigidity. Flexural components 
of deflection may be neglected in determining the 
rigidity of an unreinforced masonry wall. 

1612C.2.2 Shear walls with openings. Wall piers 
shall be analyzed according to the following 
procedure which is diagrammed in Figure 16C-2: 

1612C.2.2.1 For any pier: 

1. The pier shear capacity shall be calculated 



Vp<V, 



(16C-23) 



as: 



V„='v„Ax 



(16C-19) 



2. The pier rocking shear capacity shall be 
calculated as: 



K = 0.5FoD/H 



(16C-20) 



1612C.2.2.2 Pier behavior. The wall piers at any 
level are acceptable if they comply with one of the 
following modes of behavior: 

1. Rocking controlled mode. When the pier 
rocking shear capacity is less than the pier shear 
capacity, i.e., V^ < V„ for each pier in a level, forces 
in the wall at that level, V^^, shall be distributed to 
each pier in proportion to PpD/H. 



For the wall at that level: 



(16C-21) 



2. Shear controlled mode. Where the pier 
shear capacity is less than the pier rocking capacity, 
i.e., V^ < y„ in at least one pier in a level, forces in 
the wall at the level, V^^, shall be distributed to each 
pier in proportion to D/H. 

For each pier at that level: 



V <V 

▼p ▼a 



and 



(16C-22) 



If Vp < V3 for each pier and Vp > V^ for one or 
more piers, such piers shall be omitted from the 
analysis, and the procedure shall be repeated for the 
remaining piers, unless the wall is strengthened and 
reanalyzed. 

1612C.2.2.3 Masonry pier tension stress. 
Unreinforced masonry wall piers need not be 
analyzed for tension stress. 

1612C.2.3 Shear walls without openings. Shear 
walls without openings shall be analyzed as for 
walls with openings except that V^ shall be 
calculated as follows: 



V, = (O.SOPjy + 0.25PJ D/H 



(16C-24) 



1612C.3 Plywood Sheathed Shear Walls. Plywood 
sheathed shear walls may be used to resist lateral 
forces for buildings with wood diaphragms analyzed 
according to provisions of Section 1610C. Plywood 
sheathed shear walls may not be used to share 
lateral forces with other materials along the same 
line of resistance. 

1612C.4 Combinations of Vertical Elements. 

1612C.4.1 Lateral force distribution. Lateral forces 
shall be distributed among the designated vertical 
resisting elements in a line in proportion to their 
relative rigidities except that moment frames shall 
comply with Section 1612C.4.2. 

1612C.4.2 Moment-resisting frames. A moment 
frame shall not be used with an unreinforced 
masonry wall in a single line of resistance unless the 
wall has piers that are capable of sustaining rocking 
in accordance with Section 1612C.2.2 and the 
frames are designed to carry 100 percent of the 
lateral forces, and the story drift ratio shall be 
limited to 0.0025. 

1612C.5 Shear Force. The shear force used in the 
design of any party wall shall be the sum of the 
shear forces contributed by each building sharing 
that wall. 



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SECTION 1613C - DETAILED SYSTEM 
DESIGN REQUIREMENTS 

1613C.1 Wall Anchorage. 

1613C.1.1 Anchor locations. All unreinforced 
masonry walls shall be anchored at the roof and 
floor levels as required in Section 1610C.2. Ceilings 
of plaster, gypsum board or similar heavier 
materials, when not attached directly to roof or 
floor framing, and abutting masonry walls, shall be 
either anchored to the walls at a maximum spacing 
of 6 feet (1.829 m) or removed. 

1613C.1.2 Anchor requirements. Anchors shall 
consist of bolts installed through the wall as 
specified in Table 16C-E, or by an approved 
equivalent at a maximum anchor spacing of 6 feet 
(1.829 m). All existing wall anchors shall be secured 
to the joists to develop the required forces. 

1613C.1.3 Minimum wall anchorage. Anchorage of 
masonry walls to each floor or roof shall resist a 
minimum force determined in accordance with 
Chapter 16 or 200 pounds per linear foot (298 
kg/m), whichever is greater, acting normal to the 
wall at the level of the floor or roof. Anchor spacing 
shall not exceed 6 feet (1.829 m) on center. Existing 
through-the-wall anchors, if used, must meet the 
requirements of this chapter or must be upgraded. 

1613C.1.4 Anchors at corners. At the roof and 
floor levels, both shear and tension anchors shall be 
provided within 2 feet (0.609 m) horizontally from 
the inside of the corners of the walls. 

1613C.1.5 Anchors with limited access. When 
access to the exterior face of the masonry wall is 
prevented, wall anchors conforming to Item 4.b. in 
Table 16C-E may be used. 

1613C.1.6 Anchors at interior and party walls. 
When floor or roof framing aligns vertically at 
party and interior masonry walls, continuous 
anchors shall be utilized to directly connect the floor 
or roof framing on either side of the wall. Where the 
roof or floor framing is offset more than the least 
depth of any adjacent framing, the intervening wall 



section shall be investigated for cross wythe shear 
assuming that the diaphragm to wall tensions on 
either side of the wall are acting in opposite 
directions. 

1613C.2 Diaphragm Shear Transfer. Bolts 
transmitting shear forces shall have a maximum 
bolt spacing of 6 feet (1.829 m) and shall have nuts 
installed over malleable iron or plate washers when 
bearing on wood and heavy cut washers when 
bearing on steel. 

1613C.3 Collectors. Collector elements shall be 
provided which are capable of transferring the 
seismic forces originating in other portions of the 
building to the element providing the resistance to 
those forces. 

1613C.4 Ties and Continuity. Ties and continuity 
shall conform to Section 1604.11. 

1613C,5 Wall Bracing. 

1613C.5.1 General. Where a wall height-to- 
thickness ratio exceeds the specified limits, the wall 
may be laterally supported by vertical bracing 
members per Section 1613C.5.2 or by reducing the 
wall height by bracing per Section 1613C.5.3. 

1613C.5.2 Vertical bracing members. Vertical 
bracing members shall be attached to floor and roof 
construction for their design loads independently of 
required wall anchors. Horizontal spacing of 
vertical bracing members shall not exceed one-half 
the unsupported height of the wall nor 10 feet 
(3.048 m). Deflection of such bracing members at 
design loads shall not exceed one-tenth of the wall 
thickness. 

1613C.5.3 Intermediate wall bracing. The wall 
height may be reduced by bracing elements 
connected to the floor or roof. Horizontal spacing of 
the bracing elements and wall anchors shall be as 
required by design but shall not exceed 6 feet 
(1.829 m) on center. Bracing elements shall be 
detailed to minimize the horizontal displacement of 
the wall by the vertical displacement of the floor or 
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1613C.6 Parapets. Parapets and appendages not 
conforming to this chapter shall be removed, or 
stabilized or braced to ensure that the parapets and 
appendages remain in their original position. 

EXCEPTIONS: 

1. Parapets, appendages and roof-to 
wall-tension anchors which have already been 
removed, stabilized or braced to comply with 
Chapter 16D of this code or previous codes 
pursuant to an application filed before the 
effective date of this ordinance need not be 
reanalyzed or restrengthened. 

2. Parapets whose heights do not exceed 3 
times their thicknesses need not be removed, 
stabilized or braced, provided they are located 
either immediately adjacent to a normally 
inaccessible court or yard or another building. 
In the case of an adjoining building, the top of 
the parapet of the building under consideration 
shall not be more than 12 inches (0.305 m) 
above the top of the parapet of the adjoining 
building. In order to qualify for this exception, 
the owner must execute an agreement with the 
Department to voluntarily abate any hazard 
that may arise as a result of changed conditions 
such as demolition of the adjacent building or 
development or occupancy of the adjoining 
court or yard. The owner must record the 
agreement with the County Recorder on a form 
satisfactory to the Department and supply a 
copy of the recorded agreement to the 
Department. 

Parapets previously exempted that would not 
be exempted under Exception 2 above shall be 
removed, or stabilized or braced when the building 
is strengthened. 

The maximum height of an unbraced 
unreinforced masonry parapet above the lower of 
either the level of tension anchors or roof sheathing 
shall not exceed 1 1/2 times the thickness of the 
parapet wall. If the required parapet height exceeds 
this maximum height, a bracing system designed for 
the forces determined in accordance with Chapter 
16 shall support the top of the parapet. Parapet 
corrective work must be performed in conjunction 
with the installation of tension roof anchors. 



The minimum height of a parapet above any 
wall anchor shall be 12 inches (0.305 m). 

EXCEPTION: If a reinforced concrete beam is 
provided at the top of the wall, the minimum 
height above the wall anchor may be 6 inches 
(170.44 mm). 

1613C.7 Veneer. 

1613C.7.1 Anchorages. Veneer shall be anchored 
with approved anchor ties, conforming to the 
required design capacity specified in this code and 
placed at a maximum spacing of 24 inches (610 mm) 
with a maximum supported area of 4 square feet 
(0.372 m'). 

EXCEPTION: Existing anchor ties for 
attaching brick veneer to brick backing may be 
acceptable, provided the ties are in good 
condition and are corrugated galvanized iron 
strips not less than 1 inch (25.4 mm) in width, 
S inches (203.2 mm) in length and 1/16 inch 
(1.59 mm) in thickness or equal. 

1613C.7.2 Verification. The location and condition 
of existing veneer anchor ties shall be verified as 
follows: 

1. An approved testing laboratory shall 
verify the location and spacing of the ties and shall 
submit a report to the Building Official for 
approval as part of the structural analysis. 

2. The veneer in a selected area shall be 
removed to expose a representative sample of ties 
(not less than four) for inspection by the Building 
Official. 

1613C.8 Nonstructural Masonry Walls. 
Unreinforced masonry walls which carry no design 
vertical or lateral loads and are not required by the 
design to be part of the lateral force resisting system 
shall be adequately anchored to new or existing 
supporting elements. The anchors and elements 
shall be designed for the out-of-plane forces 
specified in Chapter 16. The height or length to 
thickness ratio between such supporting elements 
for such walls shall not exceed 13. 



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1613C.9 Truss and Beam Supports. Where trusses 
and beams, other than rafters or joists, are 
supported on masonry, independent secondary 
columns shall be installed to support vertical loads 
of the roof or floor members. 

1613C.10 Adjacent Buildings. Where elements of 
adjacent buildings do not have a separation of at 
least 5 inches (127 mm), the allowable 
height-to-thickness ratios for ^'all other buildings" 
per Table 16C-B shall be used in the direction of 
consideration. 



SECTION 1614C - IN-PLACE MASONRY 
SHEAR TESTS 

1614C.1 Scope. This section applies when this 
chapter requires in-place testing of the quality of 
masonry mortar. 

1614C.2 Preparation of Sample. The bed joints of 
the outer wythe of the masonry shall be tested in 
shear by laterally displacing a single brick relative 
to the adjacent bricks in the same wythe. The head 
joint opposite the loaded end of the test brick shall 
be carefully excavated and cleared. The brick 
adjacent to the loaded end of the test brick shall be 
carefully removed by sawing or drilling and 
excavating to provide space for a hydraulic ram and 
steel loading blocks. 

1614C.3 Application of Load and Determination of 
Results. Steel blocks, the size of the end of the 
brick, shall be used on each end of the ram to 
distribute the load to the brick. The blocks shall not 
contact the mortar joints. The load shall be applied 
horizontally, in the plane of the wythe, until either 
a crack can be seen or slip occurs. The strength of 
the mortar shall be calculated by dividing the load 
at the first cracking or movement of the test brick 
by the nominal gross area of the sum of the two bed 
joints. 



SECTION 1615C - TEST OF ANCHORS IN 
UNREINFORCED MASONRY WALLS 

1615C.1 Scope. Shear and tension anchors 
embedded in existing masonry construction shall be 
tested in accordance with this section when and as 
required by this chapter. 

1615C.2 Direct Tension Testing of Existing Anchors 
and New Bolts. The test apparatus shall be 
supported on the masonry wall. The distance 
between the anchor and the test apparatus support 
shall not be less than one-half the wall thickness for 
existing anchors and 75 percent of the embedment 
for new embedded bolts. Existing wall anchors shall 
be given a preload of 300 pounds (136.4 kg) prior to 
establishing a datum for recording elongation. The 
tension test load reported shall be recorded at 1/8 
inch (3.18 mm) relative movement of the existing 
anchor and the adjacent masonry surface. New 
embedded tension bolts shall be subject to a direct 
tension load of not less than 2.5 times the design 
load but not less than 1,500 pounds (682 kg) for five 
minutes (10 percent deviation). 

1615C.3 Torque Testing of New Bolts. Bolts which 
are embedded in unreinforced masonry walls shall 
be tested using a torque calibrated wrench to the 
following minimum torques: 

1/2-inch-diameter bolts - 40 foot-pounds. 
(12.7 mm) (5.54 M-Kg) 

5/8-inch-diameter bolts - 50 foot-pounds. 
(16 mm) (6.93 M-Kg) 

3/4-inch-diameter bolts - 60 foot-pounds. 
(19 mm) (8.31 M-Kg) 

1615C.4 Prequalification Test for Bolts and Other 
Types of Anchors. This section is applicable when 
it is desired to use tension or shear values for 



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anchors greater than those permitted by Table 
16C-E. The direct tension test procedure set forth in 
Section 1615C.2 for existing anchors may be used to 
determine the allowable tension values for new 
embedded or through bolts except that no preload 
is required. Bolts shall be installed in the same 
manner and using the same materials as will be 
used in the actual construction. A minimum of 5 
tests for each bolt size and type shall be performed 
for each class of masonry in which they are 
proposed to be used. The allowable tension value for 
such anchors shall be 40 percent of the average 
value of the tests for each size and type of bolt and 
class of masonry. 

Shear bolts may be similarly prequalified. The 
test procedure shall comply with ASTM E 488-90 or 
such other procedure as is approved by the Building 
Official. The allowable values determined in this 
manner may exceed those set forth in Table 16C-E. 

1615C.5 Reports. Results of all tests shall be 
reported. The report shall include the test results as 
related to anchor size and type, orientation of 
loading, details of the anchor installation and 
embedment, wall thickness and joist orientation. 



shall be pre-hydrated by first thoroughly mixing all 
ingredients dry, and then mixing again, adding only 
enough water to produce a damp unworkable mix 
which will retain its shape when pressed into a ball. 
The mortar shall be kept in a damp condition for 
1 l/2hours; then sufficient water shall be added to 
bring it to a proper consistency that is somewhat 
drier than conventional masonry mortar. 

1616C.4 Packing. The joint into which the mortar 
is to be packed shall be damp but without 
freestanding water. The mortar shall be tightly 
packed into the joint in layers not exceeding 1/4 inch 
(6.35 mm) in depth until it is filled; then it shall be 
tooled to a smooth surface to match the original 
profile. 



SECTION 1616C - POINTING OF 
UNREINFORCED MASONRY WALLS 

1616C.1 Scope. Pointing of deteriorated mortar 
joints when required by this chapter shall be in 
accordance with this section. 

1616C.2 Joint Preparation. The old or deteriorated 
mortar should be cut out, by means of a toothing 
chisel or non-impact power tool, to a uniform depth 
of 3/4 inch (19.1 mm) until sound mortar is reached. 
Care shall be taken not to damage the brick edges. 
After cutting is completed, all loose material shall 
be removed with a brush, air or water stream. 

1616C.3 Mortar Preparation. The mortar mix shall 
be Type N or S proportions as required by the 
construction specifications. The pointing mortar 



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FIGURE 16C-1 - ACCEPTABLE DLAPHRAGM SPAN 



640 




O 1 .2 9 4 S 

Otwtmtt-CmpafdUy n»Mo, OCR 

CD RcfidaariiaiHad'C9p«d^nliwwiMacicroisw»3ltiiu^ 

(^ IU8koofd«awnd<«p*cJlyralieswberfrMi»tiosor*«aO«<b«'baII^^ 



NOTE: To convert feet to meters, multiply by 0.3048. 



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Figure 16C-2- Figure 16C-2 



FIGURE 16C-2 - ANALYSIS OF UNREINFORCED MASONRY WALL IN-PLANE SHEAR FORCES 




VrW. I 

U^ InatlraM I — 
<Mi*pMr I 



Vy m Rorlring shear catpmttty of pier. 

Ymc >■ Total Sh«ar Fc««e re«iited by iSkm waDL 

XWg. m RoddngeiiMurcapMil^oraDpiaEslathewalL 

V^ m SSiear foroe mmAgnnd to a pier <» tibte basie of a rdativo shear ifs^dity analysis. 

v. OS Allowahleshcar strength of a ^ter. 



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TABLE 16C-A - ELEMENTS REGULATED BY THIS CHAPTER 



ELEMENTS 


SECTION 


PROCEDURE 


BOLTS-PLUS 


SPECIAL 


GENERAL 


3403.5^ 


Masonry Shear 
Strength 


1606C.3.3 


X 


X 


X 


X 


Diaphragms 


1610C.1 






X 




1611C.4 




X 






1604.11 






X 




Diaphragm 
Shear Transfer 


1610C.1 


X' 








1611C.5 


X' 


X 






1613C.2 


X 


X 


X 




Chords 


1611C.4 






X 




Diaphragm 

Capacity 

Ratios 


1604 




X 






Collectors 


1613C.3 






X 




1611C.4 




X 






1604.11 








x^ 


Analysis of 

Vertical 

Elements 


1612C 




X 


X 




Crosswalls 


1611C.3 




X 






Shear Walls 


1610C.3 




X 






1611C.6 




X 






1604.11 








X3.4 


Out of Plane 

Wall 

Anchorage 


1613C.1 


X 


X 


X 




1604.11 






X 




Ties& 


1613C.4 




X 


X 




Continuity 


1604.11 






X 


X 



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ELEMENTS 


SECTION 


PROCEDURE 


BOLTS-PLUS 


SPECIAL 


GENERAL 


3403.5' 


Wall Bracing 


1613C.5 


X 


X 


X 


X^ 


Parapets 


1613C.6 


X 


X 


X 


X 


Veneer 


1613C.7 


X 


X 


X 


X 


Nonstructural 
Masonry Walls 


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X 


X 


X 


Truss & Beam 
Supports 


1613C.9 




X 


X 


X 


Adjacent 
Buildings 


1613C.10 




X 


X 


X 


Subdiaphragms 


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X 


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1 Diaphragm shear transfer forces shall be calculated using the General Procedures unless the building 
qualifles for the use of the Special Procedure. 

2 Retrofit procedure per Section 3403.5 

3 Wood shear walls allowed only for one- or two-story building per Section 2305.1.5. 

4 Only in-plane shear check required. (Rocking not allowed.) 

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THICKNESS RATIO OF UNREINFORCED MASONRY WALLS 



WALL TYPES 


BUILDINGS WITH 
CROSSW ALLS' 


ALL OTHER 
BUILDINGS 


Walls of one-story 
buildings 


u'-" 


13 


First story wall 
of multistory 
buildings 


16 


15 


Walls in top 
story of 
multistory 
buildings 


142.3 


9 


All other walls 


16 


13 



1 Applies to the Special Procedure of Section 161 IC and the Bolts-plus Procedure of the last paragraph 
of Exception 1 to Section 1609C.2 only. See Section 1611C.7 for other restrictions. 

2 This value of height-to-thickness ratio may be used only where mortar shear tests establish a tested 
mortar shear strength, v^ of not less than 100 psi (689.48 kPa). This value may also be used where the tested 
mortar strength is not less than 60 psi (413.69 kPa) and a visual examination of the collar joint indicates not 
less than 50 percent mortar coverage. 

3 Where a visual examination of the collar joint indicates not less than 50 percent mortar coverage, and 
the tested mortar shear strength, v^, is greater than 30 psi (206.84 kPa) but less than 60 psi (413.69 kPa), the 
allowable height-to-thickness ratio may be determined by linear interpolation between the larger and smaller 
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TABLE 16C-C - HORIZONTAL FORCE FACTOR, C * 



CONFIGURATION OF MATERIALS 


Cp 


Roofs with straight or diagonal sheathing and roofing applied directly 
to the sheathing, or floors with straight tongue-and-groove sheathing 


0,50 


Diaphragms with double or multiple layers of boards with edges offset, 
and blocked plywood systems 


0.75 



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EXISTING MATERIALS OR 
CONFIGURATION OF MATERIALS' 


ALLOWABLE 
VALUES 


1 . HORIZONTAL DIAPHRAGMS' 


(x 14.5939 for N/m) 


a. Roofs with straight sheathing and 
roofing applied directly to the sheathing 


100 pounds per foot seismic shear 


b. Roofs with diagonal sheathing and 
roofing applied directly to the sheathing 


250 pounds per foot seismic shear 


c. Floors with straight tongue-and-groove 
sheathing 


100 pounds per foot seismic shear 


d. Floors with straight sheathing and 
finished wood flooring with board edges offset or 
perpendicular 


500 pounds per foot seismic shear 


e. Floors with diagonal sheathing and 
finished wood flooring 


600 pounds per foot seismic shear 


2. CROSSWALLS'' 


(x 14.5939 for N/m) 


a. Plaster on wood or metal lath 


per side: 200 pounds per foot seismic shear 


b. Plaster on gypsum lath 


175 pounds per foot seismic shear 


c. Gypsum wallboard, unblocked edges 


75 pounds per foot seismic shear 


d. Gypsum wallboard, blocked edges 


125 pounds per foot seismic shear 


3. EXISTING FOOTINGS, WOOD 
FRAMING, STRUCTURAL STEEL AND 
REINFORCE STEEL 


(X 6.895 for kPa) 


a. Plain concrete footings 


f'c= 1,500 psi unless otherwise shown by tests'* 


b. Douglas fir wood 


Allowable stress same as D.F. No. l** 


c. Reinforcing steel 


/, = 18,000 psi maximum* 


d. Structural steel 


fj = 20,000 psi maximum'* 



1 Material must be sound and in good condition. 

2 A one-third increase in allowable stress is not allowed 

3 Shear values of these materials may be combined, except the total combined value shall not exceed 300 
pounds per foot (2068.43 kPa). 

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TABLE 16C-E - ALLOWABLE VALUES OF NEW MATEIOALS USED 
IN CONJUNCTION WITH EXISTING CONSTRUCTION 



NEW MATERIALS OR 
CONFIGURATIONS OF MATERIALS 


ALLOWABLE VALUES' 


L HORIZONTAL DIAPHRAGMS'" 


(x 14.5939 for N/m) 


a. Plywood sheathing nailed directly over existing 
straight sheathing with ends of plywood sheets bearing on 
joists or rafters and edges of plywood located on center of 
individual sheathing boards 


225 pounds per foot seismic shear 


b. Plywood sheathing nailed directly over existing 
diagonal sheathing with ends of plywood sheets bearing on 
joists or rafters 


375 pounds per foot seismic shear 


c. Plywood sheathing nailed directly over existing 
straight or diagonal sheathing with ends of plywood sheets 
bearing on joists or rafters with edges of plywood located 
over new blocking and nailed to provide a minimum nail 
penetration into framing and blocking of 1 5/8 inches (41.28 
mm) 


75 percent of the values specified in 
Table 2306.3.1 


2. SHEAR WALLS: (GENERAL PROCEDURE) 




Plywood sheathing applied directly over wood studs. No 
value shall be given to plywood applied over existing plaster 
or wood sheathing. 


100 percent of the value specified in 
Table 2306.3.2 for shear walls 


3. CROSSWALLS: (SPECIAL PROCEDURE) 




a. Plywood sheathing applied directly over wood 
studs. No value shall be given to plywood applied over 
existing plaster or wood sheathing 


133 percent of the value specified in 
Table 2306.3.2 for shear walls 


b. Drywall or plaster applied directly over wood studs 


100 percent of the values in Table 
22306.4.3 


c. Drywall or plaster applied to sheathing over 
existing wood studs 


The values in Table 2306.4.3 reduced 
as noted in Footnote 1 of that table^ 


4. TENSION BOLTS 


(x 4.448 for N) 


a. Bolts extending entirely through unreinforced 
masonry walls secured with bearing plates on far side of a 3 
wythe minimum wall with at least 30 square inches (19,355 
mm^)of area^'''" 


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CONFIGURATIONS OF MATERIALS 


ALLOWABLE VALUES' 


b. Bolts extending to the exterior face of the wall with 
a 2 1/2-inch (63.5 mm) round plate under the head and 
drilled at an angle of 22 1/2 degrees to the horizontal, 
installed as specified for shear bolts^'*'^ 


1,200 pounds per bolt 


5. SHEAR BOLTS 




Bolts embedded a minimum of 8 inches into 
unreinforced masonry walls and centered in a 2 1/2-inch 
diameter hole filled with dry-pack or non-shrink grout. 
Through bolts with first 8 inches as noted above and 
embedded bolts as noted in item 4b. '''^'^ 


1/2 inch dia. = 350 pounds^' 


5/8 inch dia. = 500 pounds^' 


3/4 inch dia. = 750 pounds^* 


6. INFILLED WALLS 




Reinforced masonry infilled openings in existing 
unreinforced masonry walls. Provide keys or dowels to 
match reinforcing. 


Same values as for unreinforced 
masonry walls 


7. REINFORCED MASONRY 




Masonry piers and walls reinforced per Chapter 21 


Same values as specified in Section 
2107*^ 


8. REINFORCED CONCRETE 




Concrete footings, walls and piers reinforced as 
specified in Chapter 19 and designed for tributary loads 


Same values as specified in Chapter 19*^ 



1 A one-third increase in allowable stress is not allowed, except as noted. 

2 In addition to existing sheathing value. 

3 Bolts to be 1/2 inch (1.27 mm) minimum in diameter. 

4 Drilling for bolts and dowels shall be done with an electric rotary drill. Impact tools shall not be used 
for drilling holes or tightening anchors and shear bolt nuts. 

5 Embedded bolts to be tested as specified in Section 1607C. 

6 Stress given may be increased for combinations of load as specified in this code. 

7 A one-third increase in allowable stress is allowed for short-term loading. 

8 Other bolt sizes, values and installation methods may be used, provided a testing program is conducted 
in accordance with Section 1615C. Bolt spacing shall not exceed 6 feet (1.83 m) on center and shall not be less 
than 12 inches (0.305 m) on center. 

9 Tension and shear from seismic loads need not be assumed to act simultaneously. 

10 Values and limitations are for nailed plywood. Higher values may be used for other approved fastening 
systems such as staples when approved by the Building Official. 

11 Plate size may be reduced to not less than 9 square inches (5805 mm^), provided the bearing stress on 
the masonry at design load does not exceed 60 pounds per square inch, psi (414 kPa). 



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Chapter 16D 
PARAPETS AND APPENDAGES - RETROACTIVE PROVISIONS 



SECTION 1601D - GENERAL 

Every parapet or appendage which is 
supported on or attached to an exterior wall of a 
building adjacent to a property line, passageway, 
open courtyard or public way or which occurs in 
any other location where failure of such parapet or 
appendage would be hazardous to life or limb in 
such areas shall, when required by the Building 
Official, be subject to inspection by a licensed 
architect or civil engineer employed by the owner. 
The provisions of this section are retroactive and 
shall apply to and include buildings erected prior to 
the adoption of this code. 



SECTION 1602D - CORRECTION OF 
HAZARDOUS PARAPETS AND APPENDAGES 

Whenever the Building Official determines, by 
visual inspection or from the report furnished by 
the architect or civil engineer, that an existing 
parapet or appendage which is within the scope of 
this section is not adequate to resist the lateral 
forces due to earthquake as detailed in Chapter 16 
of the Building Code which was in effect on July 1, 
1969, the Building Official shall conclude that 
inadequacies exist and shall, by written notice to the 
owner or person or the agent in charge of the 
building, direct that necessary steps be taken to 
eliminate the hazard. 

Upon receipt of such notice, the owner or 
person or agent in control of the building where 
such hazardous parapet or appendage exists shall: 

1. Within one year from the date of receipt of 
such notice: 

(1) Submit to the Building Official an 
acceptable written plan or procedure for 
the elimination of the hazardous condition 
by removal or alteration of the hazardous 
parapet or appendage. 



(2) Obtain the necessary alteration 
permit in accordance with the procedures 
set forth in Section 106A of this code. 

2. Within one year after obtaining the 
alteration permit, complete all work indicated 
on the approved construction documents. A 
one-year extension may be granted by the 
Building Official when mitigating 
circumstances exist. 



SECTION 1603D - VARIANCE PROCEDURE 

Any person receiving a notice as set out in 
Section 1602D above may appeal for a variance 
from the notice to the Board of Examiners in the 
manner provided by Section 105A.1 or, in the case 
of parapets or appendages of unreinforced masonry 
bearing wall buildings, to the Unreinforced 
Masonry Building Appeals Board in the manner 
provided by Section 105A.7. 



SECTION 1604D - UNREINFORCED 
MASONRY PARAPETS AND APPENDAGES 

The removal, stabilization or bracing of 
unreinforced masonry parapets and appendages, 
the application for a permit for which was filed 
after February 15, 1993, shall comply with Section 
1613C.6. Certain parapets and appendages, 
previously exempted under this section, shall be 
removed, or stabilized, or braced when required by 
Section 1613C.6. 



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Cbapter 17 
STRUCTURAL TESTS AND SPECL^L mSPECTIONS 



SECTION 1704 - SPECL\.L INSPECTIONS 

1704.1. Revise Exception 3 as follows: 

3. The special inspections and verifications 
for foundation concrete, other than cast-in-place 
drilled piles or caissons, are not required for 
occupancies in Group R-3 and occupancies in 
Group U that are accessory to a residential 
occupancy including, but not limited to, those listed 
in Section 312.1. 

This exception shall not apply to 
foundations serving as retaining walls of soil 
over 5 feet (1829 mm) in height measured from 
the base of the foundation, or the structural 
design of the footing based on a specified 
compressive strength, Z'^, greater than 2,500 
pounds per square Inch (psi) (17.2 MPa), 
regardless of the compressive strength 
specified in the construction documents or used 
in the footing construction, 

/ 704. 5. Add the following section: 

1704.5.4. Exterior facing. During fastening of all 
exterior veneer and ornamentation facing units 
constructed of concrete, masonry, stone or similar 
materials, and all curtain walls weighing more than 
15 pounds per square foot (73.23 kg/m^) of wall. 

EXCEPTIONS: 

1. Veneers weighing less than 5 pounds per 
square foot (24.46 kg/m^) located less than 15 
feet (4.57 m) above grade. 

2. Anchored veneer located less than 10 feet 
(3.048 m) above grade. 

1 704. 5. 5. Add the following section: 

1704.5.5. Retrofit of unreinforced masonry bearing 
wall buildings. 

1. During the testing of mortar quality and 
performance of masonry shear tests in accordance 



with Section 1614C when required by Sections 
1606C.3.3 and 1607C.2. 

2. During repointing operations in 
accordance with Section 1616C when required by 
Sections 1606C.3.3.7 and 1607C.1. 

3. During the installation of new shear bolts 
when required by the exception to Section 1607C.4. 

4. Prior to the placement of the bolt and 
grout or adhesive for embedded bolts as required by 
Section 1607C.4. 

5. During the prequaliilcation tests in 
accordance with Section 1615C.3 as permitted by 
Footnote 8 to Table 16C-E. 

1 704. 13. Add this item as follows: 

4. Work which, in the opinion of the Building 
Official, involves unusual hazards or conditions 
such as underpinning, shoring, removal of 
hazardous materials and new construction 
methods not covered by this code. 

1 704. 15. Add this item as follows: 

1704.15 Demolition. Demolition of buildings more 
than two stories or 25 feet (7.62 m) in height. See 
Section 3307.4 for demolition requirements. 

EXCEPTION: Type V buildings. 

1 704. 16. Add the following section: 

1704.16 Bolts installed in existing masonry or 
concrete. Except for through-bolts with plate 
washers conforming to Table 16C-E, bolts that are 
newly installed in existing masonry or concrete shall 
be tested in accordance with Section 1615C. The 
number and type of tests required shall be the same 
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1 704. 1 7 Add the following section: 

1704.17 Shear walls and floor systems used as 
shear diaphragms. AH connections, including 
nailing, tiedowns, framing clips, bolts and straps, 
for those parts of a lateral force resisting system 
utilizing the following components: 

1. Plywood diaphragms, where shear values 
exceed 2/3 the values in Tables 2306.3.1 
and 2306.3.2. 

2. Double sheathed shear walls, in all cases. 



phase of construction subsequent to the phase or 
element for which the report was completed cannot 
commence. 

1 704. 1 9. Add the following section : 

1704.19 Crane Safety. No owner or other person 
shall operate, authorize or permit the operation of 
a tower crane on a high-rise building structure until 
a signed Crane Site Safety Plan, Submittal Form 
and Crane Safety Compliance Agreement have been 
accepted by the Building Official. 



3. Plywood shear walls, wherever nailing or 
hardware are not visible to the district 
inspector at the time of cover-up 
inspection. 

If nailing is not visible to the inspector 
at the called inspection, or if the special 
inspector has not inspected the work prior 
to the concealment, all work concealing 
such nailing shall be removed in order to 
permit a complete inspection. 

4. Gypsum wallboard shearwalls where 
shear values exceed one-half of the values 
permitted by Footnote a of Table 2306.4.5. 

5. Fiberboard shearwalls where shear values 
exceed one-half of the values in Table 
2306.4.4. 



6. Particle-board diaphragms, where shear 
values exceed one-half of the values in 
Table 2306.4.3. 



1 704. 18. Add the following section: 

1704.18 Construction of a new building or 
structure, or alterations that involve a substantial 
increase in the envelope of an existing building or 
structure within the Edgehill Mountain Slope 
Protection Area, created by Building Code Section 

106.4.1.2, or the Northwest Mi. Sutro Slope 
Protection Area, created by Building Code Section 

106.4.1.3. Until the special inspection reports 
required by Building Code Section 1704.1.2 are 
submitted to and approved by the Department, the 



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SOILS AND FOUNDATIONS 



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CONCRETE 



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ALUMINUM 



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Chapter 21 
MASONRY 



SECTION 2106 - SEISMIC DESIGN 

2106.2 Add a second paragraph as follows: 

Expansion bolts. Expansion bolts subject to tension 
are not approved for use in existing brick or 
ungrouted block masonry. 



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Chapter 23 
WOOD 



SECTION 2304 - GENERAL CONSTRUCTION 
REQUIREMENTS 

23 04.11.2.6 Add the following second paragraph: 

Walls not accessible for maintenance shall have 
exterior covering of siding or plywood that are 
either treated wood or wood of natural resistance to 
decay. Plywood shall be exterior type, C-C Grade 
minimum, and not less than 1/2-inch (12.7 mm) 
thickness unless applied over sheathing. Plywood 
manufactured with redwood or cedar faces but with 
inner plys of other species conforming to DOC 
Standard PSl-95 may be used, provided the exposed 
outer face is plugged and not grooved or patterned. 

2304.11.4.2 Replace this section with the following: 

2304.11.4.2 Wood structural members. Wood 
structural members that support moisture permeable 
floors or roofs that are exposed to the weather, such as 
concrete or masonry slabs, shall be of naturally durable 
or preservative-treated wood unless separated from 
such floors or roofs by an impervious moisture barrier 
extending up the walls not less than 4 inches (101.6 
mm) or shall otherwise be adequately flashed and 
counterflashed. 

2304.11.4.2 Add the following 2"'^ paragraph and 
exception: 

Regardless of finish flooring type or structural 
materials, the wood sub-floor of toilet rooms and 
bathrooms shall be protected by a waterproof 
membrane. Where a single ply sheet membrane is 
used, all adhesives shall be of a waterproof type and 
shall be applied so as to form a full unbroken coat 
between the backing and the membrane being 
applied. All seams and joints shall be thoroughly 
sealed. 

Exception: Interior floors in Group R, Division 
3 Occupancies. 



2304.11.5 Add the following 2^^ paragraph with 
exception, and 3"'^ paragraph: 

Weather-exposed stairways constructed with 
concrete, masonry, brick, tile or terrazzo shall be 
supported on hot-dipped galvanized steel or 
reinforced concrete stringers. 

EXCEPTION: In Group R, Division 3 
Occupancies, wood construction on 
masonry or concrete foundations may be 
used as supports, and the area under the 
stair shall be ventilated in compliance with 
2304.11.9. 

Weather-exposed stairs of precast concrete or 
metal pan treads may be supported on wood 
stringers, provided the entire stairway is exposed 
and the treads are connected to the stringers by 
hot-dipped galvanized steel or other approved 
corrosion-resistant fasteners. 



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Chapter 26 
PLASTIC 



SECTION 2603 - FOAM PLASTIC INSULATION 

2603.3 Revise the first sentence of Exception 3 as 
follows: 

3. Foam plastic insulation that is part of a Class 
A, or B, roof-covering assembly provided the 
assembly with the foam plastic insulation 
satisfactorily passes FM 4450 or UL 1256. 

2603. 4. 1. 5 Revise the second sentence as follows: 

A thermal barrier is not required for foam plastic 
insulation that is part of a Class A, or B, roof-covering 
assembly, provided the assembly with the foam plastic 
insulation satisfactorily passes FM 4450 or UL 1256. 

2603.6 Revise this section as follows: 

2603.6 Roofing. Foam plastic insulation meeting the 
requirements of Sections 2603.2, 2603.3 and 2603.4 
shall be permitted as a part of a roof-covering 
assembly, provided the assembly with the foam plastic 
insulation is a Class A, or B roofing assembly where 
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Chapter 29 
PLUMBING SYSTEMS 



SECTION 2902 - MINIMUM PLUMBING 
FIXTURES 

2902. 1 Add a new section as follows: 

The City and County of San Francisco adopts 
2001 California Building Code (CBC) Appendix 
Chapter 29, including Table A-29-A, for the 
purpose of determining the minimum number of 
plumbing fixtures required for new construction 
and changes of occupancy. Plumbing fixtures shall 
be provided for the type of occupancy and in the 
minimum number shown in Table A-29-A. 

The minimum number of plumbing fixtures 
required to serve existing occupancies shall be the 
number of fixtures required at the time of original 
construction or at the time of work previously 
performed under properly issued permits. 

A drinking fountain need not be provided in a 
drinking or dining establishment. 

Separate facilities shall not be required in 
structures or tenant spaces with a total occupant 
load, including both employees and customers, of 15 
or less. In groups B, F, H, M, and S occupancies, 
where there are four or fewer employees, separate 
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MINIMUM PLUMBING FIXTURES 



SECTION 2903 - GENERAL 

Each building shall be provided with sanitary 
facilities, including provisions for accessibility in 
accordance with Chapter 11. Plumbing fixtures 
shall be provided for the type of building occupancy 
with the minimum numbers as shown in Table 
A-29-A. The number of fixtures are the minimum 
required as shown in Table A-29-A and are assumed 
to be based on 50 percent male an 50 percent 
female. The occupant load factors shall be as shown 
in Table A-29-A. 

EXCEPTION: Where circumstances 
dictate that a different ratio is needed, the 
adjustment shall be approved by the building 
official. 



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TYPE OF BUILDING OR 


WATER CLOSETS* 
(Fixtures per person) 


LAVATORIES* 
(Fixtures per person) 


BATHTUB OR SHOWER 


OCCUPANCV* 


Male Female 


Male Female 


(Fixtures per person) 


For the occupancies listed below, use 30 square feet (2.78 m^) per occupant for the 


miriimum number of plumbing fixtures. 


Group A 








Conference rooms, dining rooms, 
drinking establishments, exhibit 
rooms, gymnasiums, lounges, stages 
and similar uses including 
restaurants classified as Group B 


1:1-25 1:1-25 
2:26-75 2:26-75 
3:76-125 3:76-125 
4:126-200 4:126-200 


one for each water closet up to 
four; then one for each two 
additional water closets 




occupancies 


5:201-300 5:201-300 

6:301-400 6:30M00 

Over 400, add one fixture for each 
addifional 200 males or 150 females. 






For the assembly occupancies listed below, use the number of fixed seating or, where no fixed seating is provided, use 15 square feet (1.39 m^) per 
occupant for the minimum number of plumbing fixtures. 


Assembly places- 








Auditoriums, convention halls, 
dance floors, lodge rooms, stadiums 
and casinos 


1:1-50 3:1-50 
2:51-100 4:51-100 
3:101-150 6:101-200 


1:1-200 1:1-200 
2:201-400 2:201-400 
3:401-750 3:401-750 






4:151-300 8:201-400 

Over 300 males, add one fixture for 
each additional 200, and over 400 
females add one for each 125. 


Over 750, add one fixture for 
each additional 500 persons 




For the assembly occupancies listed below, use the number of fixed seating or, wh< 
occupant for the minimum number of plumbing fixtures. 


;re no fixed seating is provided, use 30 square feet (2.29 m^) per 


Worship places 








Principal assembly area 


one per 150 one per 75 


one per two water closets 




Worship places 








Educational and activity unit 


one per 125 one per 75 


one per two water closets 




For the occupancies listed below, use 200 square feet (18.58 m^) per occupant for 1 


he minimum number of plumbing fixtures. 


Group B 








Offices or public buildings 


1:1-15 1:1-15 
2:16-35 2:16-35 
3:36-55 3:36-55> 
Over 55, add one for each 50 persons. 


one per two water closets 




For the occupancies listed below, use 50 square feet (4.65 m^) per occupant for the 


minimum number of plumbing fixtui 


es. 


Group E 


1:1-15 1:1-15 


one per 40 one per 40 




Schools-for staff use 


2:16-35 2:16-35 






All schools 


3:36-55 3:36-55 

Over 55, add one fixture for each 
additional 40 persons. 






Schoois-for student use 


1:1-20 1:1-20 


1:1-25 1:1-25 




Day care 


2:21-50 2:21-50 


2:26-50 2:26-50 






Over 50, add one fixture for each 
additional 50 persons. 


Ov€;r 50, add one fixture for each 
additional 50 persons. 




Elementary 


one per 30 one per 25 


one per 35 one per 35 




Secondary 


one per 40 one per 30 


one per 40 one per 40 





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TYPE OF BUILDING OR 


WATER CLOSETS^ 
(Fixtures per person) 


LAVATORIES^ 
(Fixtures per person) 


BATHTUB OR SHOWER 


OCCUPANCY* 


Male Female 


Male Female 


(Fixtures per person) 


For the occupancies listed below, use 50 square feet (4.65 m^) per occupant for the minimum number of plumbing fixtures. | 


Education Facilities other than 
Group £ 








Others (colleges, universities, adult 
centers, etc.) 


one per 40 one per 30 


one per 40 one per 40 




For the occupancies listed below, use 2,000 square feet (185.8 m^) per occupant for the minimum number of plumbing fixtures. 


Group F 

Workshop, foundries and similar 
establishments, and Group H 
Occupancies 


1:1-10 1:1-10 

2:11-25 2:11-25 

3:26-50 3:26-50 

4:51-75 4:51-75 

5:76-100 5:76-100 

Over 100, add one fixture for each 
additional 300 persons. 


one for each two water closets 


one shower for each 1 5 
persons exposed to 
excessive heat or to skin 
contamination with irritating 
materials 


For the occupancies listed below, use the designated application and 200 square feet (18.58 m^) per occupant of the general use area for the minimum 
number of plumbing fixtures. 


Group I 








Hospital waiting rooms 


one per room (usable by either sex) 


one per room 




Hospital general use areas 


1:1-15 1:1-15 

2:16-35 3:16-35 

3:36-55 4:36-55 

Over 55, add one fixture for each 
additional 40 persons. 


one per each two water closets 




Hospitals 








Patient room 


one per room 


one per room 


one per room 


Ward room 


one per eight patients 


one per 10 patients 


one per 20 patients 


Jails and reformatories 








Cell 


one per cell 


one per cell 




Exercise room 


one per exercise room 


one per exercise room 




Other institutions (on each occupied 
floor) 


one per 25 one per 25 


one per 10 one per 10 


one per eight 


For the occupancies listed below, use 200 square feet (1 8.58 m^) per occupant for the minimum number of plumbing fixtures. 


Group M 








Retail or wholesale stores 


1:1-50 1:1-50 

2:51-200 2:51-100 

3:101-400 2:101-200 

4:201-300 

5:301-400 

Over 400, add one fixture for each 
additional 500 males and one for each 
150 females. 


one for each two water closets 




For Group R Occupancies, dwelling un 
Division 1 Occupancies and 300 square 


ts and hotel guest rooms, use the chart. For congregate residences, use 200 squar 
feet (27.87 m^) for Group R, Division 3 Occupancies for the minimum plumbing 


e feet (18.58 m^) for Group R, 
', fixtures. 


Group R 








Dwelling units 


one per dwelling unit 


one per dwelling unit 


one per dwelling unit 


Hotel guest rooms 


one per guest room 


one per guest room 


one per guest room 


Congregate residences 


one per 10 one per 8 


one per 12 one per 12 


one per eight 




Add one fixture for each additional 25 
males and one for each additional 20 
females. 


Over 12, add one fixture for each 
additional 20 males and one for 
each additional 15 females. 


For females, add one 
bathtubper30. Over 150, 
add one per 20. 



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TYPE OF BUILDING OR 
OCCUPANCY" 



WATER CLOSETS* 
(Fixtures per person) 

Male Female 



Male 



LAVATORIES^ 
(Fixtures per person) 

Female 



For the occupancies listed below, use 5,000 square feet (464.5 m^) per occupant for the minimum number of plumbing fixtures. 



Group S 

Warehouses 



1:1-10 


1:1-10 


2:11-25 


2:11-25 


3:26-50 


3:26-50 


4:51-75 


4:51-75 


5:76-100 


5:76-100 


Over 100, add one 


for each 300 males 


and females. 





one per 40 occupants of each sex 



one shower for each 15 
persons exposed to 
excessive heat or to skin 
contamination with 
poisonous, infectious or 
irritating materials 



NOTE: Occupant loads over 30 shall have one drinking fountain for each 150 occupants. 



The figures shown are based on one fixture being the minimum required for the number of persons indicated or any fraction thereof 

Drinking fountains shall not be installed in toilet rooms. 

When the design occupant load is less than 10 persons, a facility usable by either sex may be approved by the building official. 

Any category not mentioned specifically or about which there are any questions shall be classified by the building official and included 

in the category which it most nearly resembles, based on the expected use of the plumbing facilities. 

Where urinals are provided, one water closet less than the number specified may be provided for each urinal installed, except the number 

of water closets in such cases shall not be reduced to less than one half of the minimum specified. 

Twenty-four inches (610 mm) of wash sink or 18 inches (457 mm) of a circular basin, when provided with water outlets for such space, 

shall be considered equivalent to one lavatory. 



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Chapter 30 
ELEVATORS AND CONVEYING SYSTEMS 



3007. Add the following new section: 

SECTION 3007 - PRIVATE RESIDENCE 
ELEVATORS 

3007.2 PRIVATE RESIDENCE TYPE 
ELEVATOR is a power passenger elevator which is 
limited in size, capacity, rise and speed and is 
installed in a private residence or in a multiple 
dwelling as a means of access to a private residence. 

3007.3 Construction. The construction and 
installation of private residence elevators, 
dumbwaiters, and private residence special access 
lifts shall comply with ANSI/ASME 17.1-1996. 

[Note: For other than private residence elevators, 
dumbwaiters, and private residence special access 
lifts, see Title 24, Part 7, California Code of 
Regulations, California Elevator Safety 
Regulations.] 



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SPECIAL CONSTRUCTION 



SECTION 3103 - TEMPORARY STRUCTURES 

3103.1.1 Add this sentence to the end of the 
paragraph. 

See Section 106A.1.7 for permit requirements. 



3107.1 Replace this section with the following 
sections: 

SECTION 3107 -SIGNS 

3107.1.1 Scope. 

3107.1.1.1 General. Except as otherwise 
provided herein, all signs placed upon or 
attached to any building, structure or property 
shall comply with this chapter and shall be 
installed under a valid sign permit. 

The electrical portion of the sign shall be 
constructed in accordance with the 
requirements of the Electrical Code, and an 
electrical permit shall be obtained in 
accordance with that code. 

Plans shall be filed with the application for 
a permit for any sign. When required, 
computations shall be provided. 

3107.1.1.2 Exempt Signs. The following signs 
are exempt from the requirements of this code: 

1 . Signs painted on structures. However, 
such signs must comply with the San Francisco 
Planning Code, and an application shall be 
filed with the Department. 

2. Bulletin boards for public, charitable 
or religious institutions, when such boards are 
located on the premises of said institutions. 

3. Real estate signs advertising the sale, 
rental or lease of the premises on which they 
are maintained, which do not exceed 15 square 



feet (1.39 m^) in size, and which are mounted 
flush to the building. 

4. Professional occupation signs 
denoting only the name and profession of an 
occupant in a commercial building, public 
institutional building or dwelling house, and 
not exceeding 3 square feet (0.278 m^) in area 
for each occupant. 

3107.1.2 General. 

3107.1.2.1 Prohibitions. The following 
prohibitions apply to signs: 

1. No signs shall be erected, relocated or 
maintained so as to block any exits or required 
windows. No sign shall be attached to a 
standpipe, gutter drain, stairway or fire escape, 
or interfere with the function or operation of 
any standpipe or fire escape. No roof sign shall 
be located within 6 feet (1.829 m) of a 
standpipe outlet. 

2. No sign shall be increased in size, 
altered in shape or changed by the addition of 
other signs or advertising matter not 
specifically allowed by the provisions of this 
code and the San Francisco Planning Code. 

3. No wall sign shall extend across or in 
front of any window or other exterior opening 
located above the first story of a building, 
except as approved by the Building Official. 

4. No wall sign erected on a wall 
adjacent to and facing a street, public space or 
yard shall project above the parapet walls. 

EXCEPTIONS: 

1. On a building located on a corner lot, 
a wall sign may project a maximum of 7 
feet (2.134 m) above the roof line on only 
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2. On any frontage, signs not more than 
10 feet (3.048 m) long for any 40-foot 
(12.19 m) frontage and occupying no more 
than 25 percent of the lot frontage may 
project a maximum of 7 feet (2.134 m) 
above the roof line. 

3107.1.2.2 Permit Number On Sign. Every 
sign shall have the permit number clearly 
painted and maintained on its face or edge, and 
of such size and location as to be legible from 
the sidewalk level, ground level or an easily 
accessible location. Electric signs may have an 
approved metal tag attached to them instead of 
painted characters. 

3107.1.2.3 Revocable Permits. The permit for 
any sign over public property may be revoked. 
A permit granted under Chapter lA and this 
chapter for a sign over public property shall 
not be construed to create any perpetual right 
but is a revocable license which may be 
terminated by revocation by the Board of 
Supervisors. 

3107.1.2.4 Existing Signs. This chapter shall 
not render unlawful the existence or 
maintenance of any sign erected or maintained 
by a lawful permit issued prior to the adoption 
of this ordinance. 

EXCEPTION: Signs for which lawful 
permits were issued and which, due to a 
sidewalk narrowing or street widening project, 
no longer conform to the requirements of 
Section 3103F shall be altered to conform not 
later than 90 days following completion of such 
project. 

3107.1.2.5 Definitions. For the purposes of this 
chapter, certain terms are defined as follows: 

APPROVED PLASTIC is a plastic 
material found to be suitable functionally for 
the purpose for which it is intended and which 
complies with the requirements of Chapter 26. 
For outdoor signs, the approval of the plastic 
shall be based upon considerations of flame 
spread value only. For indoor signs, the 



approval shall be based upon flame spread and 
smoke density values. 

AREA OF A SIGN is that area of exposed 
vertical surface which is included within a 
rectangle enclosing all the features of the sign. 
In cases of an irregular sign, it is the sum of the 
areas of the enclosing rectangles estimated to 
the nearest 5 square feet (0.465 m^). 

BUSINESS SIGN is a sign which directs 
aittention to a business, commodity, service, 
industry or other activity which is sold, offered 
oir conducted on the premises upon which such 
sign is located, or to which it is affixed. 

SIGN is any structure, part thereof, or 
device or inscription which is located upon, 
attached to or painted, projected or 
represented on the exterior of any building or 
structure, including an awning, canopy, 
marquee or similar appendage, or affixed to 
the glass on the outside or inside of a window 
so as to be seen from the outside of the 
building, and which displays or includes any 
numeral, letter, word, model, banner, emblem, 
insignia, symbol, device, light, trademark or 
other representation used as, or in the nature 
of, an announcement, advertisement or 
designation by or of any person, firm, group, 
organization, place, commodity, product, 
service, business, profession, enterprise or 
industry. A sign includes the support, uprights 
and framework of the display. 

3107.1.3 Height, Projection, and Location. 

3107.1.3.1 General. Height, projection and 
location of all signs shall be as specified in 
Airticle 6 of the San Francisco Planning Code. 
No sign shall project past the curbline of any 
street, alley or public way. 

The minimum vertical clearance of signs 
over public sidewalks shall be 10 feet (3.048 m). 
Additionally, signs or portions within the outer 
onie-third of a sidewalk shall have 12-foot 
(3.658 m) clearance, and when within 2 feet 
(0.61 m) of the curbline shall have 14-foot 
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Roof signs shall be not less than 5 feet 
(1.524 m) above the roof. Supports shall be 
spaced at least 6 feet (1.829 m) apart. 

3107.1.4 Design. 

3107.1.4.1 General. The design shall make 
allowances for the effects of corrosion and lack 
of maintenance. 

No anchor or support of any sign shall be 
connected to, or suspended by, an unbraced 
parapet wall, unless such wall is designed in 
accordance with the requirements for parapet 
walls specified in Chapter 16. 

Fasteners and braces shall be of 
noncombustible construction, except that 
stringers for attachment of roof signs may be of 
6-inch (152.4 mm) minimum dimension 
redwood or approved preservative-treated 
lumber. 

3107.1.5 Construction. 

3107.1.5.1 General. All signs shall be 
constructed of noncombustible materials except 
that approved plastics may be used in sign 
facings as described in Section 3107.1.5.2. All 
ferrous metal and all fastenings used in 
construction or installation, excluding stainless 
steel, shall be hot-dipped galvanized, 
porcelain-enameled or otherwise protected in 
an approved manner against corrosion. 

Aluminum may only be used for minor 
internal members, such as stiffeners and 
closures, and for sign faces and nonstructural 
trim. The minimum thickness shall be 0.0299 
inch (0.76 mm). 

Steel shapes or plates used for primary 
support shall be not less than 3/16 inch (4.76 
mm) in thickness. Sheet metal formed 
integrally with the sign face or used as cabinet 
cover shall be not less than 0.0239 inch (24 
gauge). Secondary support members not 
formed integrally with the design face shall be 
not less than 0.1046 (12 gauge) inch. 



The minimum material thickness 
requirements in this section pertain to the base 
metal before application of protective covering 
and need not apply to signs located inside a 
building. 

3107.1.5.2 Plastics. Where plastics are 
included in a sign, the application to install a 
sign shall set forth the manufacturer's trade 
name, or the common name of the plastic 
material to be used in the sign, thickness of 
plastic, aspect ratio, corrugation type, if any, 
and span. The plastic employed in the signs 
shall be identified as set forth in Chapter 26 
with the manufacturer's trade name, or with 
the common name of the plastic material. 

Plastic sign facing shall conform to the 
provisions of this section. Plastic sign faces, 
formed or flat, letters and decorations shall be 
of sufficient thickness or so formed or 
supported that they will withstand all loads 
required by this code. 

Plastic facing shall be mounted in a metal 
frame. Proper provision shall be made for the 
difference in thermal expansion between plastic 
members and the frame. 

3107.1.5.3 Electric Plastic Signs. Every 
electric sign containing approved plastics shall 
comply with the minimum requirements set 
forth in the Standard for Electric Signs, UL No. 
48. The attachment of Underwriters 
Laboratories label, or other approved 
laboratory per the Electrical Code, shall be 
sufficient proof that a sign has complied with 
the requirements of the Electrical Code. 

3107.1.5.4 Wood-Faced Signs. Projecting signs 
with wood facing or backing are permitted on 
any building. 

Plywood used for signs shall be exterior 
grade and not less than 5/8-inch (15.88 mm) 
thickness. Lumber shall be not less than 1-inch 
(25.4 mm) nominal and shall be finished to 
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3107.1.6 Ground Signs. 

3107.1.6.1 Height. The maximum height of a 
ground sign constructed with wood supports 
shall be 30 feet (9.14 m), as measured from the 
top of the sign to the sidewalk in front of the 
sign or the existing ground under the sign, 
whichever is higher. 

31067.1.6.2 Design and Construction. The 
design and construction of wood signs shall 
comply with Chapters 16 and 23 of this code. 
All wood within 12 inches of the ground shall 
be pressure-treated wood. 

3107.1.7 Removal Of Business Signs. 

It shall be unlawful for any person to allow any 
business sign to remain posted more than 180 days 
after the activity for which the business sign has 
been posted has ceased operation on the premises if 
such person (1) owns, leases or rents the property 
on which the sign is posted, or (2) owns or operates 
such business, service, industry or other activity. 



3110 Add a new section as follows: 

SECTION3110-WOODBURMNG APPLIANCES 

3110.1 Woodburning Appliances. 

3110.1.1 Definitions. The definitions set forth 
in this section shall govern the application and 
interpretation of this section. 

BAY AREA AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT 
DISTRICT means the air quality agency for the San 
Francisco Bay Area established pursuant to 
California Health and Safety Code Section 40200. 

EPA means the United States Environmental 
Protection Agency. 

EPA CERTIFIED WOOD HEATER means 
any wood heater that meets the standards in Title 
40, Part 60, Subpart AAA, Code of Federal 
Regulations in effect at the time of installation and 
is certified and labeled pursuant to those 
regulations. 



FIREPLACE means any permanently installed 
masonry or factory-built appliance that burns 
wood, except a pellet-fueled wood heater, designed 
to be used with an air-to-fuel ratio greater than or 
equal to 35 to one. 

GARBAGE means all solid, semisolid and 
liquid wastes generated from residential, 
commercial and industrial sources, including trash, 
refuse, rubbish, industrial wastes, asphaltic 
products, manure, vegetable or animal solids and 
semisolid wastes, and other discarded solid and 
semisolid wastes. 

GAS FIREPLACE means any device designed 
to burn natural gas in a manner that simulates the 
appearance of a woodburning fireplace. 

PAINTS means all exterior and interior house 
and itrim paints, enamels, varnishes, lacquers, 
stains, primers, sealers, undercoatings, roof 
coatings, wood preservatives, shellacs, and other 
paints or paint-like products. 

PAINT SOLVENTS means all original solvents 
sold or used to thin paints or to clean up painting 
equipment. 

PELLET-FUELED WOOD HEATER means 
any appliance that burns wood and operates 
exclusively on wood pellets. 

RECONSTRUCTION means the complete 
rebuilding of the woodburning appliance such that 
all or a substantial portion of its parts are new. It 
does mot include repairs made to the appliance in 
order to make it safer or more efficient. 

SOLID FUEL means wood or any other 
nongaseous or nonliquid fuel. 

TREATED WOOD means wood of any species 
that has been chemically impregnated, painted or 
similarly modified to improve resistance to insects 
or weaithering. It does not include products such as 
Duraflame or Presto logs that are specifically 
designed and sold to be burned in a woodburning 
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WASTE PETROLEUM PRODUCTS means 
any petroleum product other than gaseous fuels that 
has been refined from crude oil and has been used, 
and as a result of use has been contaminated with 
physical or chemical impurities. 

WOODBURNING APPLIANCE means 
fireplace, wood heater, or pellet-fueled wood heater 
or any similar device burning any solid fuel used for 
aesthetic or space-heating purposes. 

WOOD HEATER means a stove that burns 
wood. 

3110.L2 Residential installations. All 
woodburning appliances installed in new residential 
units or woodburning appliances being added to or 
replacing woodburning appliances in existing 
residential units shall comply with this section. 

3110.L3 Commercial installations. All 
woodburning appliances installed in new 
commercial buildings or woodburning appliances 
being added to or replacing woodburning 
appliances in existing commercial buildings shall 
comply with this section. Commercial buildings 
shall include, but not be limited to, hotels and 
restaurants. 

3110.1.4 Gas fireplaces. Gas fireplaces shall be 
exempt from the requirements of this section. 
However, the conversion of a gas fireplace to burn 
wood shall constitute the installation of a 
woodburning appliance and shall be subject to the 
requirements of this section. 

3110.1.5 Additions, alterations or repairs. A 
woodburning appliance shall comply with this 
section if: 

1. The appliance is reconstructed; or 

2. The appliance is being replaced. 

3110.1.6 Unauthorized appliances prohibited. 
No person shall install a woodburning appliance 
that is not one of the following: 

1. A pellet-fueled wood heater; 



2. An EPA-certified wood heater; or 

3. A fireplace certified by the Northern 
Sonoma Air Pollution Control District. 

Exceptions: 

1. Woodburning appliances that 
are designed primarily for food 
preparation in new or existing 
restaurants or bakeries. 

2. Historic woodburning appliances 
installed in historic structures, as 
determined by the Building Official 
of the Department of Building 
Inspection in consultation with the 
Director of the Department of 
Planning. 

3110.1.7 Prohibited fuels. The following fuels 
are prohibited from use in a woodburning 
appliance: 

1. Garbage; 

2. Treated wood; 

3. Plastic products; 

4. Rubber products; 

5. Waste petroleum products; 

6. Paints or paint solvents; 

7. Coal; 

8. Glossy or colored paper; 

9. Particle board; or 

10. Saltwater driftwood. 

3110.1.8 Certification. Any person who plans 
to install a woodburning appliance must submit 
documentation to the Building Official 
demonstrating that the appliance is a pellet-fueled 
wood heater, a certified wood heater, or a fireplace 
certified by Northern Sonoma Air Pollution Control 
District. 

NOTE; Ordinance No. 13-02, adopted 1-14-2002, which 
amended Section 3102.8, contained the following findings: 

(a) In 1982, the State Air Resources Board (ARB) adopted a 
particulate matter (PMIO) Ambient Air Quality Standard 
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California Code of Regulations Title 17 Section 70200 to protect 
the health of people who are sensitive to exposure to fine 
particles. 

(b) Research indicates that wood smoke is a significant 
contributor to PMIO levels that pose significant health risks. 

(c) The City and County of San Francisco desires to lessen the 
risk to life and property from air pollution from woodburning 
appliances. 



(d) The City and County of San Francisco fmds that the 
proposed regulation will significantly reduce the increases in 
particulate emissions from future installation and construction 
activities. 



(e) The City and County of San Francisco finds a need exists 
to adopt regulations which apply to woodburning combustion 



emissions. 



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FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS 



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MARINE OIL TERMINALS 



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ENCROACHMENTS INTO THE PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY 



SECTION 3201 - GENERAL 

3201.4 Revise this section as follows: 

3201.4 Drainage. Drainage water collected from a 
roof, awning, canopy, or marquee, and condensate from 
mechanical equipment shall be conducted to the 
building drain or building sewer, and shall not flow 
over a public walking surface. 

SECTION 3202 - ENCROACHMENTS 

3202.3.1 Replace this section as follows: 

3202.3.1 Awnings, canopies, marquees and signs. 

Awnings, canopies, marquees and signs shall be 
constructed so as to support applicable loads as 
specified in Chapter 16. Canopies shall be allowed 
only over entrance doorways and only for 
Occupancy Groups A, B, F-1, M, S-1, S-2 and R. 
Canopies may be constructed as awnings and with 
the same limitations except that: 

1. The maximum width shall be 10 feet (3.048 
m); and 

2. The maximum extension over public 
sidewalk may be to a point 2 feet (0.61 m) from the 
curb; and 

3. The outer column support shall be located 
in the outer one-third of the sidewalk. 

3202.3.2 Replace this section as follows: 

3202.3.2 Windows, balconies, architectural features 
and mechanical equipment. 

A 3-foot (0.914 m) projection shall be permitted 
for bay and oriel windows when the clearance above 
grade is at least 10 feet (3.048 m) and the width of 
the sidewalk is greater than 9 feet (2.74 m). Where 
the sidewalk width is 9 feet (2.74 m) or less, the 
projection shall not exceed 2 feet (0.61 m). 



For all other appendages, a 2-foot (0.61 m) 
projection is permitted when the clearance above 
grade is at least 10 feet (3.048 m). The projection 
may be increased 1 inch (25.4 mm) for each 
additional foot of clearance over 10 feet (3.048 m), 
to a maximum of 4 feet (1.219 m). 

3202. 3.4 Add the following after the first paragraph as 
follows: 

A covered pedestrian walkway may be 
constructed over a street between buildings of only 
Types I-A and I-B construction. Permission from 
the Board of Supervisors and approval of the 
Department of Public Works and Planning 
Commission is required. The pedestrian walkway 
shall comply with the following conditions: 

1. The pedestrian walkway shall be equipped 
with an automatic sprinkler system. The supporting 
structure shall be three-hour fire-resistive 
construction. Columns located within 8 feet (2.438 
m) of the curb, or otherwise vulnerable to vehicle 
impact, shall either be designed for such impact or 
protected from the impact. 

2. The openings in the exterior walls of the 
buildings at the ends of the pedestrian walkway 
shall be protected by 1 1/2 hour fire assemblies. 



3203 Add a new section as follows: 

SECTION 3203 - SIDEWALK CONSTRUCTION 

3203.1 General. Sidewalks shall be constructed in 
accordance with the Public Works Code. 

Sidewalks over excavated areas shall be 
supported on noncombustible construction with 
3-hour fire-rated protection. The sidewalk shall be 
waterproofed by use of a hot mopped asphalt 
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3203.2 Openings in Sidewalks. 

3203.2.1 Sidewalk trapdoor. Every basement 
extending under the sidewalk shall have an 
approved sidewalk trapdoor. The minimum size of 
the trapdoor opening shall be 4 feet by 4 feet 
(1.219 m by L219 m). However, trapdoors shall not 
be required where the basement is provided with an 
automatic sprinkler system. 

3203.2.2 Sidewalk elevators. All openings hereafter 
constructed in sidewalks for sidewalk elevators shall 
be located in the outer half of the sidewalks, next to 
the curb. The outer edges of the openings shall be 
not more than 30 inches (762 mm) from the outer 
line of the curb. The length of the sides of the 
openings at right angles to the curb shall not exceed 
one-half of the width of the sidewalk and in no case 
shall it exceed 5 feet (1.524 m). 

3203.2.3 Any other purpose. Openings on the 
sidewalks for any other purpose, if placed outside 
the property line, shall be covered with approved 
gratings having a maximum opening between bars 
of 1/2 inch (12.7 mm), or with covers having a rough 
surface, and rabbeted flush with the sidewalk. 
When a cover is placed in any sidewalk, it shall be 
placed as near as practicable to the line of the curb. 
All spaces under sidewalks shall be thoroughly 
ventilated. 

3203.2.4 Framing. All framing supporting only the 
sidewalk opening shall be of noncombustible 
material. 

3203.2.5 Guards. Metal guards will be required for 
openings in sidewalks in accordance with the Police 
Code. 

3203.3 Electrical Transformers. No portion of any 
electrical transformer pad shall be constructed, nor 
electrical transformer installed on the surface of 
any portion of any public sidewalk. 



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SAFEGUARDS DURING CONSTRUCTION 



SECTION 3302 - CONSTRUCTION 
SAFEGUARDS 

3302 Add a new section as follows: 

3302.3 Fencing. Provide for the enclosing, fencing, 
and boarding up or by fire watch or other means of 
preventing access to the site by unauthorized 
persons when work is not in progress. 



SECTION 3303 - DEMOLITION 

3303. 1 Add new sections as follows: 

3303.1.1 Buildings other than Type V. The 
demolition of structures of Types 1, 11, m and 
rV construction greater than two stories or 25 
feet (7.62 m) in height shall comply with the 
requirements of this section. 

The requirements of this section shall also 
apply to the demolition of post-tensioned and 
pre-tensioned concrete structures. 

3303.1.2 Required plans. Prior to approval of 
an application for a demolition permit, two sets 
of detailed plans shall be submitted for 
approval, showing the following: 

1. The sequence of operation floor by 
floor, prepared by a registered civil 
engineer or licensed architect. 

2. The location of standpipes. 

3. The location and details of protective 
canopies. 

4. The location of truck crane during 
operation. 



5. Any necessary fence or barricade 
with lights. 

6. Any floor or wall left standing. 

7. The schedule of the days when the 
demolition will be done, i.e., on 
weekdays or on Sundays. 

3303.4 Replace this section with the following: 

3303.4 Vacant Lot. When a building is demolished, 
the permittee must remove all debris and remove all 
parts of the structure above grade except those 
parts that are necessary to provide support for the 
adjoining property. 

3303. 7 Adda new section as follows: 

3303.7 Special inspection. A registered civil 
engineer or licensed architect shall supervise the 
demolition work in accordance with rules and 
regulations adopted by the Building Offlcial 
pursuant to Section 104A.2.1 to assure the work is 
proceeding in a safe manner and shall submit 
written progress reports to the Department in 
accordance with Section 1701.3. 



SECTION 3304 - SITE WORK 

3304. 1 Add a second paragraph as follows: 

The City and County of San Francisco adopts 
Appendix J for the purpose of regulating excavation 
and grading. 

3304. 1 Add a third paragraph as follows: 

Temporary wood shoring and forms. All wood 
used for temporary shoring, lagging or forms that 
will be backflUed against or otherwise left 
permanently in place below grade shall be treated 
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SECTION 3306 - PROTECTION OF 
PEDESTRIANS 

3306.10 Add a new section as follows: 

3306.10 Chutes. Chutes for the removal of 
materials and debris shall be provided in all parts of 
demolition operations that are more than 20 feet 
(6.096 m) above the point where the removal of 
material is effected. Such chutes shall be completely 
enclosed. They shall not extend in an unbroken line 
for more than 25 feet (7.62 m) vertically but shall be 
equipped at intervals of 25 feet (7.62 m) or less with 
substantial stops or offsets to prevent descending 
material from attaining dangerous speeds. 

The bottom of each chute shall be equipped 
with a gate or stop with a suitable means for closing 
or regulating the flow of material. 

Chutes, floors, stairways and other places 
affected shall be watered sufficiently to keep down 
the dust. 

3306.11 Add a new section as follows 

3306.11 Falling Debris. Wood or other 
construction materials shall not be allowed to fall in 
large pieces onto an upper floor. Bulky materials, 
such as beams and columns, shall be lowered and 
not allowed to fall. 

3306. 12 Add a new section as follows 

3306.12 Structure Stability. In buildings of wood 
frame construction, the supporting structure shall 
not be removed until the parts of the structure being 
supported have been removed. 

In buildings with basements, the first floor 
construction shall not be removed until the 
basement walls are braced to prevent overturning, 
or an analysis acceptable to the Building Official is 
submitted which shows the walls to be stable 
without bracing. 



SECTION 3307 - PROTECTION OF 
ADJOINING PROPERTY 

3307.1 Insert a note at the end of this section as 
follows: 

3307.1 Protection Required. Adjoining public and 
private property shall be protected from damage during 
constmction, remodeling and demolition work. 
Protection must be provided for footings, foundations, 
party walls, chimneys, skylights, and roofs. Provisions 
shall be made to control water runoff and erosion 
during construction or demolition activities. The 
person making or causing an excavation to be made 
shall provide written notice to the owners of adjoining 
buildings advising them that the excavation is to be 
made and that the adjoining buildings should be 
protected. Said notification shall be delivered not less 
than 10 days prior to the scheduled starting date of the 
excavation. 

Note: Other requirements for protection of 
adjacent property of adjacent and depth to 
which protection is requested are defined by 
California Civil Code Section 832, and is 
reprinted herein for convenience. 

Section 832. Each coterminous owner is 
entitled to the lateral and subjacent support 
which his land receives from the adjoining 
land, subject to the right of the owner of the 
adjoining land to make proper and usual 
excavations on the same for purposes of 
construction or improvement, under the 
following conditions: 

1. Any owner of land or his lessee 
intending to make or to permit an excavation 
shall give reasonable notice to the owner or 
owners of adjoining lands and of buildings or 
other structures, stating the depth to which 
such excavation is intended to be made, and 
when the excavating will begin. 

2. In making any excavation, ordinary 
care and skill shall be used, and reasonable 
precautions taken to sustain the adjoining land 
as such, without regard to any building or 
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there shall be no liability for damage done to 
any such building or other structure by reason 
of the excavation, except as otherwise provided 
or allowed by law. 

3. If at any time it appears that the 
excavation is to be of a greater depth than are 
the walls or foundations of any adjoining 
building or other structure, and is to be so close 
as to endanger the building or other structure 
in any way, then the owner of the building or 
other structure must be allowed at least 30 
days, if he so desires, in which to take measures 
to protect the same from any damage, or in 
which to extend the foundations thereof, and he 
must be given for the same purposes 
reasonable license to enter on the land on 
which the excavation is to be or is being made. 

4. If the excavation is intended to be or 
is deeper than the standard depth of 
foundations, which depth is defined to be a 
depth of nine feet below the adjacent curb 
level, at the point where the joint property line 
intersects the curb and if on the land of the 
coterminous owner there is any building or 
other structure the wall or foundation of which 
goes to standard depth or deeper then the 
owner of the land on which the excavation is 
being made shall, if given the necessary license 
to enter on the adjoining land, protect the said 
adjoining land and any such building or other 
structure thereon without cost to the owner 
thereof, from any damage by reason of the 
excavation, and shall be liable to the owner of 
such property for any such damage, excepting 
only for minor settlement cracks in buildings 
or other structures. 



above the highest remaining valve. The remaining 
system on the lower floors shall continue operative 
until all construction above the third floor has been 
removed. 



SECTION 3311 - STANDPIPES 

3311.2 Replace this section with the following: 

3311.2 Fire safety during demolition. AH existing 
dry standpipes shall be maintained in an operative 
condition and with all inlets and outlets accessible 
for use within two floors of the highest remaining 
portion of a floor of the building. The inlets shall be 
so identifled at the street level as to be easily located 
by the Fire Department. They shall be removed in 
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Chapter 34 
EXISTING STRUCTURES 



SECTION 3403 - ADDITIONS, ALTERATIONS 
OR REPAIRS 

3403. 1.2. Add the following section: 

3403.1.2 General. Buildings, structures and 
property to which additions, alterations or repairs 
are made shall comply with all the requirements of 
this code for new facilities, except as specifically 
provided in this section, in the San Francisco 
Housing Code and in other applicable ordinances 
and regulations. See Section 3403. L3 for provisions 
requiring installation of smoke detectors in existing 
Group R, Division 3 Occupancies. 

3403. 1. 3. Add the following section: 

3403.1.3 Additions, alterations or repairs to Group 
R Occupancies. When the valuation of an addition, 
alteration or repair to a Group R Occupancy 
exceeds $1,000 and a permit is required, or when 
one or more sleeping rooms are added or created in 
existing Group R Occupancies, smoke alarms shall 
be installed in accordance with Section 907.2.10. 

EXCEPTION: Repairs to the exterior 
surfaces of a Group R Occupancy are exempt 
from the requirements of this section. 

3403. 1. 4. Add the following section: 

3403.1.4 High-rise buildings. Any existing building 
or structure to which an addition is made which 
causes the building or structure to fall within the 
scope of Section 403 shall comply with the 
provisions of that section. 

3403. 2.3.1. Add the following section: 

3403.2.3.1.1 Horizontal additions. Horizontal 
additions shall meet the following requirements: 

When the cumulative area of horizontal 
additions, excluding basement additions, exceeds 30 
percent oi the area of the original building or 



structure, excluding basements, and the additions 
are structurally interconnected to, or not separated 
to comply with Section 1604.3.7, the entire structure 
shall comply with Section 3403.5. 

For the purpose of this section, the term 
^'original building or structure" shall mean the 
building or structure as it existed on May 21, 1973. 
The combined building or structure may be used for 
more restrictive occupancy classifications as 
determined in Chapter 3 only when the structure as 
a whole meets the requirements in this code for such 
occupancy. 

3403. 2. 3.2.1. Add the following new section: 

3403.2.3.2.1 Alterations and repair. Alterations 
and repairs shall comply with the following: 

3403. 2. 3. 2. 2. Add the following new section: 

3403.2.3.2.2 Substantial change. Whenever 
alteration work in a building or structure involves 
substantial changes to elements such as walls, 
partitions or ceilings, on 2/3 or more of the number 
of stories excluding basements, the building or 
structure as a whole shall comply with Section 
3403.5. The term '^substantial change" includes the 
addition, removal, repair or modification of such 
elements. All such work included in alteration 
permits issued within two years of the date of a 
permit application shall be included in the 
determination of whether the application is 
proposing substantial change to the building or 
structure. 

3403. 2. 3. 2. 3. Add the following new section: 

3403.2.3.2.3 Structural alterations. When more 
than 30 percent, cumulative since May 21, 1973, of 
the floor and roof areas of the building or structure 
have been or are proposed to be involved in 
substantial structural alteration, the building or 
structure shall comply with Section 3403.5. The 
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those areas tributary to the vertical load carrying 
components (joists, beams, columns, walls and other 
structural components) that have been or will be 
removed, added or altered, as well as areas such as 
mezzanines, penthouses, roof structures and infilled 
courts and shafts. 

EXCEPTIONS: 

1. When such alterations involve only 
the lowest story of a wood frame 
building or structure and Section 
3406 does not apply, only the lateral 
force resisting components in and 
below that story need comply with 
Section 3403.5, or 

2. When such alterations involve the 
lowest story of a Type V building or 
structure of R3 occupancy and that 
floor's proposed use is as a garage, 
that level is exempt from Section 
3403.2.3.2.3. Such alterations need 
not be counted as part of the 
cumulative total of tributary area of 
structural alterations. 

3403. 2. 3. 2. 4. Add the following new section: 

3403.2.3.2.4 Repairs. Repairs to buildings or 
structures which have sustained structural damage 
shall comply with the minimum lateral force design 
requirements of Section 3403.5 or with the code 
under which the building or structure was designed, 
whichever is more restrictive. 

A building or structure shall be considered to 
have sustained structural damage when the vertical 
elements of the lateral force resisting system in any 
story, in any direction and taken as a whole, have 
suffered damage such that the capacity has been 
reduced by more than 20 percent from its 
predamaged condition. A structure shall also be 
considered to have sustained structural damage 
when the vertical load carrying components 
supporting more than 30 percent of the structure's 
floor or roof area have suffered a reduction in 
vertical load carrying capacity such that they are 
required to be either structurally repaired or 
replaced in order to comply with this code. 



Damage may be caused by events or a 
combiination of events, including, but not limited to, 
Are, explosion, structural pest or wood-destroying 
organism attack, earthquake, wind storm, vehicular 
impact, ground subsidence or failure, or the collapse 
or dislodgement of any portion of any adjacent 
building or structure. The removal or alteration of 
structural elements as part of the work described in 
an approved building permit application shall not 
be considered to be "damage." 

3403.4. Replace this paragraph as follows: 

3403.4 Stairways. Stairways that replace existing 
stairvtays in occupancies and which complied with 
the code in effect at the time they were constructed, 
and which have been adequately maintained and 
increased in relation to any increase in occupant 
load, alteration or addition, or any change in 
occupancy, may be reconstructed in the same 
configuration and construction as the existing 
stairways. 

3403. 5. Add the following section: 

3403.5 Lateral Force Design requirements for 
Existing Buildings. Whenever other provisions of 
this code require compliance with this section, the 
lateral force provisions of Section 1604.11 shall 
apply to the entire building or structure except as 
othervt'ise provided therein. 

3403. 6. Add the following section: 

3403.6 Homeless Shelters. Notwithstanding any 
other provision of this section, any addition, 
alteration, repair, installation, change or 
reconstruction of any building or structure, which 
is made in order to initiate, expand or continue a 
facilit)^ which, as approved by an authorized 
government agency, shelters otherwise homeless 
persons and which is operated by an organization 
exempt from federal income tax under Internal 
Revenue Code Sections 501(c)(3) or 501(d), shall 
meet only those requirements of this code which are 
determined by the Building Official, pursuant to 
rules and regulations adopted by the Building 
Official in accordance with Section 104A.1, after 
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necessary or appropriate to prevent a life hazard, or 
to prevent the building or structure from being or 
becoming substandard. With respect to minimum 
lateral force requirements, said bulletin shall not 
waive any requirement which can be satisfied by 
work eligible to receive financial assistance from the 
State of California. Any provisions waived by said 
bulletin shall be applied when homeless shelter use 
ceases and may be applied when homeless shelter 
use is reduced. 



SECTION 3406 - CHANGE OF OCCUPANCY 

3406. 4. 1. Add the following section: 

3406.4.1 Change of occupancy. In addition to the 
other requirements of this code, the term "comply 
with the requirements of this code for such division 
or group of occupancy," as used in this section, shall 
also mean compliance with the lateral force 
provisions of Section 3403.5 when the change results 
in an increase of more than 10 percent in the 
occupant load of the entire building or structure, 
and which also increases the occupant load by more 
than 100 persons as compared to the occupant load 
of the existing legal use or the use for which the 
building was originally designed. 

EXCEPTIONS: 

1. When a change of occupancy or use 
involves only one story of a building or 
structure, only the lateral force resisting 
elements in that story and all lateral force 
resisting elements below need comply with 
Section 3403.5. 

2. A change from a Group R, Division 3 
to a Group R, Division 1 or Division 2 
Occupancy caused by the construction of 
a third dwelling unit in the lowest story of 
a building or structure shall comply with 
Section 3403.5 as provided in Exception 1 
above. 



SECTION 3408 - MOVED STRUCTURES 

3408.2. Add the following section: 

3408.2 Removal of Debris. Immediately after the 
building is moved and before it is occupied at the 
new site, the permittee must remove all debris and 
all walls and footings above grade at the site from 
which it has been moved, except where such walls 
provide support to adjacent buildings, structures or 
property. All excavated areas must be filled in or 
protected by substantial fences not less than 5 feet 
(1524 mm) in height. 



SECTION 3412 [SFM] - EXISTING HIGH-RISE 
BUILDINGS 

3412.27. Replace this section with the following 
sections: 

3412.27.1 General. Regardless of any other 
provisions of this code, every existing high-rise 
building as defined in Section 403.11.1 shall be 
provided with an approved automatic fire sprinkler 
system conforming to NFPA 13. 

Existing high-rise buildings that are also qualified 
historical buildings as defined in California Health 
and Safety Code Section 18950 shall be provided 
with an approved automatic fire sprinkler system 
when and as required by the State Historical 
Building Code. 

EXCEPTIONS: 

1 . An apartment house, condominium or 
other building used as a Group R, Division 
2 Occupancy as defined in this code 
excluding tourist hotels as defined in 
Section 41.4(r) of the San Francisco 
Administrative Code. 

2. A mixed-use occupancy building 
containing a Group R, Division 1 or Group 
R, Division 2 Occupancy. 

3412.27.2 Additional. The following additional 
requirements shall also apply: 



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3412.27.2.1 Valves and devices. A sprinkler control 
valve and a waterflow detecting device shall be 
provided at the lateral connection to the riser for 
each floor. 

3412.27.2.2 Signals. A separate and distinct 
supervisory signal shall be provided to indicate a 
condition that will impair the satisfactory operation 
of the sprinkler system. This shall include, but not 
be limited to, monitoring control valves, fire pump 
power supplies and pump running conditions. Such 
supervisory signals shall be annunciated at a 
constantly attended building security control center; 
when that location is not under constant supervision 
by qualifled personnel, the signals shall be 
transmitted to a remote monitoring station in 
accordance with NFPA 72. 

3412.27.2.3 Water supply. The minimum water 
supply requirement for the sprinkler shall be 
determined without regard to inside hose stream 
demand. 

3412.27.2.4 Standpipe conversion. Existing 
standpipes may be converted to sprinkler risers, 
provided that they are hydrostatically tested for two 
hours at not less than 50 psi (345 Pa) in excess of the 
maximum pressure to be maintained in the system. 

3412.27.2.5 Supports. Additional hangers, braces 
or other attachments for support of existing 
standpipes which have been converted in 
accordance with Section 3412.27.2.4 shall be 
provided if they are necessary to meet the 
requirements of NFPA 13. The installation of 
additional flexible flttings in such risers is not 
required. 

3412.27.2.6 Pipe material. Any type pipe which has 
been listed by an approved testing agency for use in 
automatic sprinkler installations may be used when 
installed in accordance with its listing limitations. 

3412.27.3 Permissible omissions. The following 
features required in new high-rise buildings are not 
required in systems installed under the provisions of 
this section: 

1. Redundant Are pump; 



2, Secondary on-site supply of water; 

3.. More than one Are department 
connection; 

4,. Connection of the system to two risers on 
each floor. Hydraulic calculations may 
consider all risers in service; 

5„ In a Group R, Division 1 or R-2 
Occupancy building, sprinklers in 
bathrooms and closets. 

See Section 903.3.1.1.1 for additional 
permissible sprinkler omissions. 

3412.27.4 Effective date. The effective date of these 
requirements shall be January 01, 2008. 

3412.27.5 Notification. Not later than 60 days 
following the effective date of this ordinance, the 
Building Official shall notify in writing by certified 
mail the owner of each building within the scope of 
this section. The notice shall contain a copy of this 
section, a commentary on it and a notice of intent 
form. The notice of intent shall be designed to elicit 
information regarding proposed water supply 
connections, pumps, risers and existing partial 
sprinkler systems. The notice of intent shall include 
a tentative schedule for phasing the installation of 
the complete sprinkler system. 

3412.27.5.1 Deferred notice. If a building within 
the scope of this section is not discovered by the 
Building Official until after the deadline for 
notification, the building owner shall be notified 
within 30 days of such discovery. 

Failure to receive notification does not exempt 
a building owner from compliance with this section. 

3412.27.6 Authority of Building Official. The 
Buildimg Official, in consultation with the San 
Francisco Fire Marshal, may approve modifications 
and alternate methods and materials when it is 
clearly evident that a reasonable degree of fire 
safety is provided. In such cases, the Building 
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1. Consider alternative protection based on 
nationally recognized standards, principles and 
tests, and generally recognized and well-established 
methods of fire protection; 

2. Waive specific individual requirements if 
it can be shown that such requirements are not 
physically possible, require disproportionate effort 
or pose an undue hardship with little increase in life 
safety and that a practical alternate cannot be 
provided; and 

3. Grant necessary extensions of time when it 
can be shown that the specific time periods are not 
physically practical or pose an undue hardship. The 
granting of an extension of time for compliance may 
be approved by the Building Official based on the 
showing of good cause and on approval of an 
acceptable, systematic, progressive plan of 
correction. 



valves, and shall connect it to the approved 
automatic water supply not later than five years 
after the effective date of this ordinance. For 
purposes of this section, an automatic water supply 
shall consist of a connection to the public water 
works system and, if required by hydraulic analysis, 
installation of a fire pump. 

3412.27.8.3 Step 3. Piping and sprinklers. The 
owner shall complete the sprinkler system, 
including required electrical monitoring, not later 
than 12 years after the effective date of this 
ordinance. 

3412. 27.8.4 Revise the following section: 

3412.27.8.4 Installation. The installation of all fire 
alarm equipment shall be in accordance with the 
Electrical Code and the California Fire Code. 



3412.27.7 Appeal of high-rise sprinkler 
requirements. Application may be made to the 
Board of Examiners in accordance with Section 
105A.1 for approval of alternate methods, materials 
or types of construction or for variances from the 
provisions of this section. 

3412.27.8 Implementation. The requirements 
stated in Section 3412.27.2 shall be accomplished by 
the following steps. Failure to complete any step 
within the required time frame is a violation of this 
code, and the Building Official shall have the power 
to abate the building in accordance with Section 
102A. 

3412.27.8.1 Step 1. Notice of intent. The owner 
shall submit a properly completed Department- 
provided notice of intent to the Building Official not 
later than three years after the effective date of this 
requirement. 

EXCEPTION: No notice of intent is 
required if an approved sprinkler system is 
completed prior to the deadline above. 

3412.27.8.2 Step 2. Water supply. The owner shall 
install the system riser, including floor-control 



3422 Add the following section: 

SECTION 3422 - EXISTING BUILDINGS OR 
OTHER STRUCTURES LOCATED ON A 
MILITARY BASE SELECTED FOR CLOSURE 

3422.1 General. As authorized by California 
Health and Safety Code Section 18941.7, a building 
or other structure that is located on a military base 
selected for closure by action of the federal Defense 
Base Closure and Realignment Commission, 
including Naval Station Treasure Island (including 
Yerba Buena Island) and Hunters Point Naval 
Shipyard, may comply with the requirements of this 
code in a graduated manner over a period not to 
exceed three years, provided that: 

1. The building or structure is in existence at 
the time the military base is selected for closure by 
action of the federal Defense Base Closure and 
Realignment Commission; 

2. The building or structure will be safe for 
its intended use and occupancy; 

3. The building or structure is under a lease 
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County of San Francisco or the Redevelopment 
Agency of the City and County of San Francisco 
(the "Redevelopment Agency"); 

4. The building or structure will be subleased 
by the City and County of San Francisco or 
Redevelopment Agency to either a private party, to 
the City and County of San Francisco or to the 
Redevelopment Agency; and 

5. The building or structure meets the code 
compliance inspection and graduated compliance 
plan requirements set forth below. 

3422.2 Presubleasing Code Compliance Inspections. 
Before the City and County of San Francisco or the 
Redevelopment Agency enters into any sublease of 
a building or structure, the public entity proposing 
to enter into the sublease shall request the Building 
Official and the San Francisco Fire Marshal (the 
"Fire Marshal") to inspect, or cause to be inspected, 
the building or structure for compliance with 
applicable codes, in accordance with the provisions 
of this Section 3422. The Building Official and the 
Fire Marshal shall issue a written report containing 
their findings on the compliance of the building or 
structure to the agency proposing to enter into the 
sublease. The Building Official and the Fire 
Marshal may, in their discretion, issue the 
compliance report jointly or separately. 

3422.2.1 Applicable codes. The Building Official 
and the Fire Marshal shall evaluate the building or 
structure, including any alterations or changes in 
use if known, using the codes in effect at the time of 
original construction. If a determination of what 
codes were in effect at the time of original 
construction cannot be made, the Building Official 
and the Fire Marshal shall jointly determine which 
codes are appropriate for evaluation of the building 
or structure for the purposes herein. 

3422.2.2 Notice to proposed subtenants. The 
Redevelopment Agency or the City and County of 
San Francisco agency proposing to enter into a 
sublease shall notify the proposed subtenant of the 
final compliance inspection reports for such 
building or structure by (a) attaching a copy of the 
final reports of the Building Official and Fire 



Marshal to the sublease; or (b) providing a copy of 
such reports to the subtenant and referencing such 
delivery in the sublease. 

3422.3 Graduated Code Compliance Plan and 
Timeitable. 

3422.3.1 Buildings with no change in occupancy or 
use and no anticipated alterations. 

3422.3.1.1 Complying building or structure. If, 
after performing the inspections required by 
Section 3422.2, the Building Official and the Fire 
Marshal concur that the building or structure 
complies with the applicable codes and will not be 
hazardous to life safety, fire safety, health or 
sanitation based on its intended use and occupancy, 
the Building Official, with the approval of the Fire 
Marshal, will issue a Certificate of Final 
Completion and Occupancy. 

3422.3.1.2 Remedial work required. If, after 
performing the inspection required by Section 
3422.2, the Building Official and the Fire Marshal 
determine that remedial work is required so that 
the in tended use and occupancy of the building or 
structure will not be hazardous to life safety, fire 
safety, health or sanitation, such work must be 
performed pursuant to building permits issued by 
the Department. All such remedial work shall either 
comply with current codes or be approved by the 
Building Official and the Fire Marshal as providing 
equivalent public safety. The Building Official, with 
the approval of the Fire Marshal, shall determine 
that the building or structure is safe for occupancy 
as evidenced by the issuance of a Temporary 
Certifiicate of Occupancy or a Certificate of Final 
Completion and Occupancy. Such issuance shall not 
be a precondition to the execution of leases or 
subleases. 

3422.3.1.3 Graduated compliance plan. A 
graduated plan of compliance with the applicable 
codes may be approved upon the concurrence of the 
Building Official and the Fire Marshal, provided 
that: 

1. The Building Official and the Fire Marshal 
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respective opinions, the intended use and occupancy 
of the building or structure will not be hazardous to 
life safety, fire safety, health or sanitation. This 
determination may, in the discretion of the Building 
Official and the Fire Marshal, be issued jointly or 
separately; 

2. The time for full compliance with the 
applicable codes does not exceed a period of three 
years from the date that the City and County of San 
Francisco or the Redevelopment Agency enters into 
a sublease; 

3. All required remedial work either 
complies with current codes or is approved by the 
Building Official and the Fire Marshal as providing 
equivalent public safety; and 

4. A Temporary Certificate of Occupancy is 
issued by the Building Official, with the approval of 
the Fire Marshal, setting forth the approved 
graduated compliance plan and a timetable for full 
compliance with the applicable codes. The 
compliance plan may be amended only with the 
joint approval of the Building Official and the Fire 
Marshal. In no event may the time allowed for full 
code compliance extend beyond the three-year 
period. 

3422.3.2 Buildings with no change in occupancy or 
use but with planned alterations. 

3422.3.2.1 Complying building or structure. If, 
after performing the inspection required by Section 
3422.2, the Building Official and the Fire Marshal 
concur that the building or structure meets current 
requirements for the new occupancy and will not be 
hazardous to life safety, fire safety, health or 
sanitation based on its intended use and occupancy, 
the Building Official, with the approval of the Fire 
Marshal, shall cause a Certificate of Final 
Completion and Occupancy to be issued. 

3422.3.2.2 Remedial work required. If, after 
performing the inspection required by Section 
3422.2, the Building Official and the Fire Marshal 
determine that remedial work is required so that 
the intended use and occupancy of the building or 



structure will not be hazardous to life safety, fire 
safety, health or sanitation, such work must be done 
in conjunction with any planned alterations. A 
Temporary Certificate of Occupancy or a 
Certificate of Final Completion and Occupancy 
shall be issued by the Building Official, with the 
approval of the Fire Marshal. Such issuance shall 
not be a precondition to the execution of leases or 
subleases. 

3422.3.2.3 Graduated compliance plan. A 
graduated plan for compliance with the applicable 
codes may be approved with the concurrence of the 
Building Official and the Fire Marshal, provided 
that: 

1 . The Building Official and the Fire Marshal 
have issued a written determination that, in their 
respective opinions, the intended use and occupancy 
of the building or structure will not be hazardous to 
life safety, fire safety, health or sanitation. This 
determination may, in the discretion of the Building 
Official and the Fire Marshal, be issued jointly or 
separately; 

2. The time for full compliance with the 
applicable codes does not exceed a period of three 
years from the date that the City and County of San 
Francisco or Redevelopment Agency enters into a 
sublease; 

3. All new work either complies with current 
codes or is approved by the Building Official and 
the Fire Marshal as providing equivalent public 
safety; and 

4. A Temporary Certificate of Occupancy 
setting forth the approved graduated compliance 
plan with a timetable for full compliance with the 
applicable codes is issued by the Building Official, 
with the approval of the Fire Marshal. The 
compliance plan and timetable may be amended 
only with the joint approval of the Building Official 
and the Fire Marshal. In no event may the time 
allowed for full code compliance extend beyond the 
three-year period. 

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3422.3.3.1 Complying building or structure. If, 
after performing the inspection required by Section 
3422.2, the Building Official and the Fire Marshal 
concur that the building or structure meets current 
requirements for the new occupancy and will not be 
hazardous to life safety, fire safety, health or 
sanitation based on its intended use and occupancy, 
the Building Official, with the approval of the Fire 
Marshal, shall cause a Certificate of Final 
Completion and Occupancy to be issued. 

3422.3.3.2 Remedial work required. If, after 
performing the inspection required by Section 
3422.2, the Building Official and the Fire Marshal 
determine that remedial work is required so that 
the intended use and occupancy of the building or 
structure will not be hazardous to life safety, fire 
safety, health or sanitation, such work must be 
performed pursuant to building permits issued by 
the Department. All remedial work shall either 
comply with current codes or be approved by the 
Building Official and the Fire Marshal as providing 
equivalent public safety. The building or structure 
may not be occupied until the Building Official, 
with the approval of the Fire Marshal, has caused 
the issuance of a Certificate of Final Completion 
and Occupancy. 

3422.3.3.3 Graduated compliance plan. A 
graduated plan of compliance with the applicable 
codes may be approved with the concurrence of the 
Building Official and the Fire Marshal, provided 
that: 

1. The Building Official and the Fire Marshal 
have issued a written determination that, in their 
respective opinions, the intended use and occupancy 
of the building or structure will not be hazardous to 
life safety, fire safety, health or sanitation. This 
determination may, in the discretion of the Building 
Official and the Fire Marshal, be issued jointly or 
separately; 

2. The time for full compliance with the 
applicable codes does not exceed a period of three 
years from the date that the City and County of San 
Francisco or the Redevelopment Agency enters into 
a lease; 



3. All required remedial work either 
complies with current codes or is approved by the 
Building Official and the Fire Marshal as providing 
equivalent public safety; and 

4. A Temporary Certificate of Occupancy is 
issued by the Building Official, with the approval of 
the Fire Marshal, setting forth the approved 
graduated compliance plan and a timetable for full 
compliance with the applicable codes. The 
compliance plan and timetable may be amended 
only with the joint approval of the Building Official 
and the Fire Marshal. In no event may the time 
allowed for full code compliance extend beyond the 
three-year period. 

3422.3.4 Buildings with a change in occupancy or 
use and with planned alterations. 

3422.3.4.1 Complying building or structure. If, 
after performing the inspection required by Section 
3422.2, the Building Official and the Fire Marshal 
concur that the building or structure meets current 
requirements for the new occupancy and will not be 
hazardous to life safety, fire safety, health or 
sanitation based on its intended use and occupancy, 
the Building Official shall cause, with the approval 
of the Fire Marshal, the issuance of a Certificate of 
Final Completion and Occupancy upon completion 
and approval of the planned alteration work. 

3422.3.4.2 Remedial work required. If, after 
performing the inspection required by Section 
3422.2,, the Building Official and the Fire Marshal 
concur that remedial work is required so that the 
intended use and occupancy of the building or 
structure will not be hazardous to life safety, fire 
safety, health or sanitation, that work must be done 
in conjunction with any planned alterations. The 
building or structure must meet current code 
requirements for the new occupancy. All remedial 
work must either comply with current codes or be 
approved by the Building Official and the Fire 
Marshal as providing equivalent public safety. The 
building or structure may not be occupied until the 
Building Official, with the approval of the Fire 
Marshal, has caused a Certificate of Final 
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3422.3.4.3 Graduated compliance plan. A 
graduated plan of compliance with the applicable 
codes may be approved with the concurrence of the 
Building Official and the Fire Marshal, provided 
that: 

1 . The Building Official and the Fire Marshal 
have issued a written determination that, in their 
respective opinions, the intended use and occupancy 
of the building or structure will not be hazardous to 
life safety, fire safety, health or sanitation. This 
determination may be issued jointly or separately, 
in the discretion of the Building Official and the 
Fire Marshal; 

2. The time for full compliance with the 
applicable codes does not exceed a period of three 
years from the date that the City and County of San 
Francisco or the Redevelopment Agency enters into 
a sublease; 

3. All new work either complies with current 
codes or is approved by the Building Official and 
the Fire Marshal as providing equivalent public 
safety; and 

4. A Temporary Certificate of Occupancy is 
issued by the Building Official, with the approval of 
the Fire Marshal, setting forth the approved 
graduated compliance plan and a timetable for full 
compliance with the applicable codes. The 
compliance plan and timetable may be amended 
only with the joint approval of the Building Official 
and the Fire Marshal. In no event may the time 
allowed for full code compliance extend beyond the 
three-year period. 

3422.4 Enforcement. 

3422.4.1 Notices of violation and orders to abate. 
The Department and the Fire Department shall 
provide to the Redevelopment Agency or City and 
County of San Francisco agency that has entered 
into a sublease a copy of any notice of violation or 
order to abate served upon a subtenant. The 
manner of service shall be as otherwise required by 
law. 



3422.4.2 Revocation of certificate of final 
completion and occupancy. In the event that the 
Building Official or Fire Marshal issues an order to 
abate code violations and the order is not complied 
with during the time provided therein, the Building 
Official may, in writing, revoke the Certificate of 
Final Completion and Occupancy. 

3422.5 Fees. The Department and the Fire 
Department may charge the Redevelopment Agency 
or other appropriate City and County of San 
Francisco agencies fees for actual time and 
materials expended in responding to requests for 
inspection and performing other tasks associated 
with the graduated compliance plan program. Fees 
for permits and other services shall be as set forth in 
the San Francisco Building Code and San Francisco 
Fire Code. 



SECTION 3423 - WORK PRACTICES FOR 
LEAD-BASED PAINT ON PRE-1979 
BUILDINGS AND STEEL STRUCTURES 

3423.1 General. Any buildings, structures, and 
properties on which the original construction was 
completed on or before December 31, 1978, or any 
steel structures to which lead-based paint 
disturbance or removal, including surface 
preparation, additions, alterations, repairs, or 
demolitions are made, shall comply with the 
requirements of this section. 

3423.1.1 Purpose, intent and scope. 

3423.1.1.1 Purpose. The purpose of this section is 
to ensure that any person undertaking activities that 
result in the disturbance or removal of interior or 
exterior lead-based paint on pre-1979 buildings, 
structures and properties and on steel structures 
uses work practices that minimize or eliminate the 
risk of lead contamination of the environment. 

3423.1.1.2 Intent. The intent of this section is to 
encourage safe work practices for activities 
resulting in the disturbance or removal of 
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of health and safety for the occupants and the 
public at large. 

3423.1.1.3 Scope. 

3423.1.1.3.1 Interior. The requirements of this 
section apply to any activity resulting in the 
disturbance or removal of lead-based paint in the 
interior of pre-1979 buildings, structures and 
properties or portions thereof with one of the 
following occupancy classifications: Group £3 and 
Group R, Divisions 1, 2, and 3. The requirements of 
this section with regard to the interior of a facility 
shall include, but are not limited to, 
residential-based family child-care facilities licensed 
by the State of California. 

3423.1.1.3.2 Exterior. The requirements of this 
section apply to any activity resulting in the 
disturbance or removal of lead-based paint on the 
exterior of any pre-1979 buildings, structures and 
properties and any steel structures. 

3423.2 Definitions. Except as otherwise specified 
herein, the terms used in this section shall have the 
same meanings as those set forth in Chapter 2 of 
this code. 

ACCREDITED LABORATORY means a 
laboratory that operates within the EPA National 
Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program. 

ADJACENT PROPERTIES means properties 
that adjoin the regulated area, including but not 
limited to properties next to and at the corners of lot 
lines. 

CERTIFIED LEAD INSPECTOR/ASSESSOR 
means any person licensed or certified by the 
California Department of Health Services (DHS), as 
authorized by the United States Environmental 
Protection Agency (EPA), in accordance with 40 
CFR Part 745, subparts L or Q, to perform risk 
assessment and/or lead-based paint inspection. 

CLEARANCE INSPECTION means an on-site 
limited investigation using visual observation and 
sampling techniques performed by an independent 



certified lead inspector/assessor to verify the 
absence of lead-based paint hazards, as specified in 
Title 17, California Code of Regulations, Division 1, 
Chapter 8: Accreditation, Certification and Work 
Practices for Lead-Based Paint and Lead Hazards. 
Any analytical testing of sample(s) collected during 
such inspection shall be performed by an accredited 
laboratory. 

COMMON AREA means any interior part of 
a multi-unit residential building that is accessible to 
all occupants, including but not limited to: corridor, 
hallways, lobbies, laundry rooms, storage areas, 
stairvi^ays, porches and interior play areas. 

CONTAINMENT AND BARRIER SYSTEMS 
refers to various measures that prevent the 
migration of work debris beyond the regulated area, 
and usually includes the use of disposable 
polyethylene plastic sheeting that is at least 6 mils 
thick (or two layers each 3 mils thick) to protect the 
ground, floor or other interior surfaces, and to seal 
off windows, doors and ventilation openings. 

C ONTRACTOR means any person, whether or 
not in possession of a valid State contractor's 
license, who undertakes to or offers to undertake to 
or purports to have the capacity to undertake to or 
submits a bid to, or does, by himself or herself or by 
or through others, any action that may or will 
disturb or remove lead-based paint. For purpose of 
this section, ^'contractor" shall also include 
subcontractors. 

DISTURB OR REMOVE LEAD-BASED 
PAINT means any action that creates friction, 
pressure, heat or a chemical reaction upon any 
lead-based paint on an interior or exterior surface 
so as to abrade, loosen, penetrate, cut through or 
eliminate paint from that surface. This term shall 
include all demolition and surface preparation 
activitiies that are performed upon any surface 
containing lead-based paint. 

EXTERIOR means the outside of a building or 
steel structure and the areas around it within the 
boundaries of the property, including without 
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including but not limited to outside and common 
walls, stairways, fences, light wells, breezeways, 
sheds, and garages. 

HEPA means a high efficiency particulate air 
filter. 

INTERIOR means the inside of a building, 
including but not limited to the inside of any 
detached structures, interior common walls, 
common areas, and overhangs (projections). 

LEAD means metallic lead and all inorganic 
compounds of lead. 

LEAD-BASED PAINT or LEAD PAINT means 
(1) any paint, varnish, shellac, or other coating on 
surfaces with lead in excess of 1.0 mg/cm^ 
(milligram per square centimeter) as measured by 
x-ray fluorescence (XRF) detector or laboratory 
analysis or in excess of 0.5 percent by weight, also 
expressed as 5,000 ppm (parts per million), 5,000 
^g/g (micrograms per gram), or 5,000 mg/kg 
(milligrams per kilogram) as measured by 
laboratory analysis; or (2) any paint, varnish, 
shellac, or other coating found in the interior or on 
the exterior of pre-1979 buildings, structures, or 
properties or on the exterior of any steel structures, 
unless such paint, varnish, shellac or other coating 
is shown, by a lead-based paint testing, that it does 
not have the characteristics specified in (1). 

LEAD-BASED PAINT TESTING means 
testing of surfaces, by laboratory analysis of bulk 
sample or measurement using x-ray fluorescence 
detector, to determine the presence of lead-based 
paint performed by an independent certified lead 
inspector/assessor. Where laboratory analysis is 
used as a method of testing bulk paint samples, the 
laboratory shall be an accredited laboratory. 

PERSON shall have the same meaning as that 
defined in Chapter 2 of this code and shall also 
include any department, agency, or commission of 
the City and County of San Francisco, and State or 
federal agencies and departments to the extent 
allowable by law. 



PRE-1979 BUILDING means any building 
whose original construction was completed on or 
before December 31, 1978. 

PROHIBITED PRACTICES means any work 
practice that disturbs or removes lead-based paint 
using any of the following methods: (1) open flame 
burning or torching; (2) heat guns without 
containment and barrier systems, or operating 
above 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit (611.1 degrees 
Celsius) or causing the charring of paint; (3) 
hydroblasting or high-pressure washing without 
containment and barrier systems; (4) dry manual 
sanding or scraping, or machine sanding or 
grinding, or abrasive blasting or sandblasting 
without containment and barrier systems or a 
HEPA vacuum local exhaust tool. 

REGULATED AREA means an area in the 
interior of any pre-1979 buildings, structures or 
properties with one of the following occupancy 
classifications: Group E3 and Group R, Divisions 1, 
2, and 3; or on the exterior of any pre-1979 
buildings or any steel structures, in which work is 
being performed that disturbs or removes 
lead-based paint, and to which access is restricted in 
order to prevent migration of work debris. 
"Regulated area" shall also include any area 
contaminated with work debris as a result of a 
breach or lack of containment and barrier system, 
which constitutes a violation of the requirement set 
forth in Section 3423.4.2. 

RESPONSIBLE PARTY means either (1) the 
owner of the property where the owner or the 
owner's employees or persons otherwise under the 
control of the owner are performing the activities 
regulated under this section; or (2) the owner and 
the contractor where the owner has entered into a 
contract with another to carry out the activities 
regulated under this section. 

STEEL STRUCTURE means any structure 
that is not a building and which has exterior 
surfaces made of steel or other metal, such as 
bridges, billboards, walkways, water towers, steel 
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WORK DEBRIS means any debris, including 
without limitations paint chips and dust, resulting 
from any activity that disturbs or removes 
lead-based paint. 

3423.3 General Prohibitions. 

No person shall disturb or remove lead-based 
paint through the use of prohibited practices, or in 
any other way that generates work debris during 
demolition or work on the interior of Occupancy 
Group £3 and Group R, Divisions 1, 2, and 3 or 
exterior of any pre-1979 buildings or any steel 
structure except in accordance with the 
requirements of this section. 

For purposes of this section, all paint on the 
exterior of any pre-1979 building or any steel 
structure shall be presumed to be lead-based paint. 
Any person seeking to rebut this presumption shall 
establish through lead-based paint testing, or other 
means satisfactory to the Building Offlcial, that the 
paint on the building or steel structure in question 
is not lead-based paint. 

Exemption: Work that disturbs or removes 
lead-based paint from the interior of an 
owner-occupied pre-1979 dwelling unit shall be 
exempted from the requirements for demolition or 
work on the interior of Occupancy Group R, 
Divisions 1, 2, and 3, provided that such unit is not 
a licensed childcare facility. Notwithstanding this 
exemption, the responsible parties shall take all 
reasonable measures to prevent the migration of 
work debris from the interior of the owner-occupied 
dwelling unit to the outside of such unit which 
includes, without limitations, any interior common 
areas and the exterior of the building, during the 
course of any work that disturbs or removes 
lead-based paint. 

3423.4 Performance Standards. 

3423.4.1 Restrict access. Any person performing 
work subject to this section shall restrict access by 
third parties to the regulated area, except as 
authorized by this section or until the regulated 
area is cleaned in accordance with Section 3423.4.4. 



This subsection shall not apply to regulated areas 
that are required for access or egress during the 
course of the work, such as common areas, and 
where no alternative exists for access or egress, in 
which case dust generation and migration shall be 
controlled through the use of HEPA-attached tools 
or other feasible containment and barrier systems 
that allow for access or egress. 

3423.4.2 Containment and barrier systems. Any 
person performing work subject to this section shall 
establish containment and barrier systems that 
contains the work debris within the regulated area. 

3423.4.2.1 Protect ground. Any person performing 
exterior work subject to this section shall, to the 
maximum extent possible, protect the ground from 
contamination by work debris by laying 6 mil 
plastic (or two layers each 3 mil thick) on the 
ground extending at least 10 feet (304S mm) from 
the work surface when possible. 

3423.4.2.2 Protect floor and furnishings. Any 
person performing interior work subject to this 
section shall protect with the use of 6 mil plastic (or 
two layers each 3 mil thick) any floors and other 
interior horizontal surfaces, carpets, rugs, drapes, 
curtains, blinds, shades and furniture in the 
regulated areas from work debris when it is 
impracticable to remove such items from the 
regulated areas during the course of the work. 

3423.4.3 Prevent migration. Any person 
performing work subject to this section shall make 
all reasonable efforts to prevent the migration of 
work debris beyond the established containment 
and barrier systems during the course of the work. 
Such efforts may include, but are not limited to, 
providing secure 6 mil plastic (or two layers each 3 
mil thick) protective covering, bagging, shrouding, 
and/or other safe containment and barrier systems 
to prevent the migration of work debris; covering 
and sealing any windows, vent openings and doors 
in the regulated area to prevent migration; and 
instituting measures to prevent the tracking of dust 
from the regulated areas. 

3423.4.4 Clean up standards. At the completion of 
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or when access to the regulated areas are required 
by State law or local ordinance during the course of 
such work, the responsible party shall: 

3423.4.4.1 For interior work, make all efforts to 
remove all visible work debris from the regulated 
areas. Such efforts shall include but are not limited 
to wet clean with detergent any exposed interior 
horizontal hard surfaces in the regulated areas and 
HEPA vacuum the regulated areas. 

3423.4.4.2 For exterior work, make all efforts to 
remove all visible work debris from the regulated 
areas. 

3423.5 Notification Requirements. 

3423.5.1 Notification to the Building Official. 
Except as otherwise authorized by this section, prior 
to the commencement of exterior work subject to 
this section, the owner or contractor shall provide 
written notice to the Building Official, either in 
person, by U.S. mail or by fax, of the following: 

3423.5.1.1 The address and location of the project; 

3423.5.1.2 The scope of work, including the specific 
location of the work to be performed; 

3423.5.1.3 The methods and tools for paint 
disturbance and/or removal; 

3423.5.1.4 The approximate age of the building or 
steel structure; 

3423.5.1.5 The anticipated job start and completion 
dates for work subject to this section; 

3423.5.1.6 Whether the building is residential or 
nonresidential, and whether it is owner-occupied or 
rental property; 

3423.5.1.7 The dates by which the responsible party 
has or will fulfill any residential occupant or 
adjacent property notification requirements as 
described in Sections 3423.5.4, 3423.5.5 and 3423.5.6 
below; and 



3423.5.1.8 The name, address, telephone number 
and, if available, pager number of the party who 
will perform the specified work. 

3423.5.1.9 The Building Official shall make 
available to the public a form containing blank 
spaces for the information required by Sections 
3423.5.1.1 to 3423.5.1.8, inclusive. 

3423.5.1.10 In lieu of the submission of the form set 
forth in Section 3423.5.1.9, the owner or contractor 
may submit the Lead Work Pre-Job Notification 
form required by the California Division of 
Occupational Health and Safety pursuant to Section 
1532.1 of Title 8 of the California Code of 
Regulations. 

3423.5.2 De minimi exemption. Any person 
performing exterior work that disturbs or removes 
less than 100 square feet or 100 linear feet of 
lead-based paint in total shall be exempted from the 
requirements of Section 3423.5.1. 

3423.5.3 Sunset. Unless extended by the Board of 
Supervisors, the requirements of Section 3423.5.1 
shall terminate two years from this effective date of 
this subparagraph. 

3423.5.4 Post sign. Not later than the 
commencement of work subject to this section, the 
owner or, where the owner has entered into a 
contract with a contractor to perform work subject 
to this section, the contractor shall post signs in a 
location or locations clearly visible at the access 
points to interior regulated areas, such as at the 
entrances of the affected residential unit(s) or 
common areas, and in the case of exterior work, 
shall post signs in a location or locations clearly 
visible to adjacent properties stating the following: 

LEAD WORK IN PROGRESS 

PUBLIC ACCESS TO REGULATED AREA 

PROfflBITED 

POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH 

SF BUILDING CODE SECTION 3423.5.4 

3423.5.5 Requirements for sign. The sign required 
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(609.6 mm) square and shall be in large boldface 
capital letters no less than 1/2 inch (12.7 mm) in 
size. The Building Official shall make available to 
the public a sign that complies with these 
requirements and states the required information in 
English, Chinese and Spanish. The sign required by 
this section shall remain in place until the work 
subject to this section has been completed. Where it 
is not possible to post signs in a conspicuous location 
or locations clearly visible at the access points to 
interior regulated areas, such as at the entrances of 
the affected residential unit(s) or common areas, 
and in the case of exterior work, in a location or 
locations clearly visible to the adjacent properties, 
the owner or, where the owner has entered into a 
contract with a contractor to perform work subject 
to this section, the contractor shall provide the 
notice in written form, such as a letter or 
memorandum, to the occupants of adjacent 
properties. 

3423.5.6 Notice to residential occupants. Except as 
may be otherwise inconsistent with state law, where 
work subject to the requirements of this section is to 
be performed on a residential property or structure 
regulated by this section and occupied by one or 
more residential occupants, not less than three 
business days before work subject to this section is 
to commence, the owner shall provide the following 
information: 

3423.5.6.1 The notice shall be in the form of a sign, 
letter or memorandum and shall prominently state 
the following: 

Work is scheduled to be performed beginning [date] 
on this property that may disturb or remove 
lead-based paint. The persons performing this work 
are required to follow State and local laws 
regulating work with lead-based paint. You may 
obtain information regarding State laws by calling 
the California Department of Health Services. You 
may obtain information regarding local laws, or 
report any suspected violations of these 
requirements, by calling the San Francisco 
Department of Building Inspection. In addition, you 
may obtain information regarding your rights as a 
tenant under the San Francisco Administrative 



Code, by calling the San Francisco Rent 
Stabilization Board. Finally, the owner of this 
property is required to provide residential 
occupants with a copy of the U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency pamphlet titled "Protect Your 
Family From Lead-Based Paint in Your Home," 
unless the owner has previously provided this 
pamphlet to residential occupants. 

The Building Official shall make available to the 
public a form that states the required information 
in English, Chinese and Spanish. 

3423.5.7 Early commencement of work. An owner 
may commence, or may authorize a contractor to 
commence, work subject to this section less than 
three business days after providing notices required 
in Sections 3423.5.6 above when the owner 
determines that such work must be commenced 
immediately in order to correct life-safety hazards. 

3423.5.8 Early commencement of work requested 
by residential occupant. Upon written request of 
residential occupant, an owner may commence, or 
authorize a contractor to commence, work subject 
to this section less than three business days after 
providing notices required in Section 3423.5.6. 

3423.6 Inspection and Sampling. 

3423.6.1 Authority to inspect. The Building 
Official is authorized to inspect the interior or 
exterior of any building or steel structure upon 
which work subject to the requirements of this 
section is being performed for the purpose of 
determining whether the work is being carried out 
in accordance with the requirements of this section. 
This inspection authority shall be exercised in 
accordance with Section 104A.2.3 of this code. 

3423.6.2 Response to complaint. Upon receiving a 
complaiint, the Building Official shall (1) review the 
complaint; (2) determine whether a valid 
notification form has been filed with the Building 
Official for the property in compliance with the 
requirements of Section 3423.5.1; and (3) where 
deemed necessary by the Building Official, conduct 
an inspection at the job site within two business 
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3423.6.3 Evaluation of complaint. When 
determining the validity of a complaint, if the 
Building Official is not able to observe the actual 
performance of any work practices constituting 
violations of Sections 3423.3, 3423.4 and/or 3423.5, 
the Building Official shall investigate and consider 
the following: 

3423.6.3.1 The containment and barrier systems, 
work measures and work tools being used by the 
responsible party; 

3423.6.3.2 The color(s) of paint being disturbed or 
removed by the responsible party; 

3423.6.3.3 The color(s), quantities, nature and 
locations of work debris; 

3423.6.3.4 The color(s), locations and conditions of 
paint on buildings or steel structures adjacent to the 
regulated area, including without limitations 
adjacent properties, to determine if such paint could 
be a source of the work debris; 

3423.6.3.5 Any work being performed on adjacent 
properties which could be a source of the work 
debris; and 

3423.6.3.6 A record of clearance inspection of the 
regulated area performed after the completion of 
the work regulated under this section or records of 
any lead-based paint testing performed for the 
regulated area, if available; and 

3423.6.3.7 Any other relevant evidence that the 
Building Official determines in the exercise of his or 
her discretion would help to determine whether a 
violation of this section has occurred. 

3423.6.4 Authority of Building Official. The 
Building Official or the Director of the Department 
of Public Health may also collect paint, dust and soil 
samples from the property where the work is being 
performed and from adjacent properties in order to 
determine the validity of a complaint. The Building 
Official shall have the authority to order a clearance 
inspection of the regulated area if he or she 
determines that there has been a violation of the 
requirements of Section 3423.3 or 3423.4. 



3423.7 Enforcement. In addition to the 
enforcement authorities granted to the Building 
Official by Chapter lA of this code, whenever the 
Building Official determines that a violation of the 
provisions of this section has occurred, the Building 
Official may assess an administrative penalty 
against the responsible parties pursuant to Section 
3423.8. The notice of penalty shall be served on the 
party against whom the penalty is being assessed. 
The notice of penalty shall be final and shall be 
adopted by the Building Official as a Building 
Official's Order if the responsible party fails to 
appeal the notice of penalty as provided for in 
Subsection 3423.8. 

3423.8 Penalties. 

3423.8.1 In addition to any other penalties 
authorized by law, the Building Official may impose 
administrative penalties for violations of this 
section. Such penalty shall not exceed $500 per 
violation per day. In addition to the administrative 
penalties assessed pursuant to this section, the 
Building Official may assess additional fees to cover 
the reasonable costs incurred in enforcing the 
administrative penalties. Penalties and fees assessed 
shall continue to accrue against the responsible 
party or parties until the violation of this section is 
abated or otherwise remedied in the judgment of 
the Building Official. Each day in which the 
violation continues unabated constitutes a separate 
and distinct violation. 

3423.8.1.1 Use of penalty. Any administrative 
penalty and fee received by the Treasurer of the 
City and County of San Francisco shall be placed in 
the Building Inspection Fund and used to offset the 
Department's costs in connection with the 
administration and enforcement of this section. 

3423.8.2 Appeal penalty. A responsible party may 
appeal the imposition of the administrative penalty 
by requesting, in writing, a Building Official's 
hearing. Such appeal shall be made within 15 
business days from the issuance of the notice of 
penalty and shall specify grounds for appealing the 
imposition of the administrative penalty. Upon a 
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Building Official shall conduct an administrative 
hearing in accordance with Section 3423.9. 

3423.8.2.1 Alternative penalty. The Building 
Official, in his or her discretion, may allow a 
responsible party found to be in violation of this 
section to attend a training course approved by the 
State of California Department of Health Services 
in lead-related construction supervision and project 
monitoring in lieu of paying an administrative 
penalty pursuant to Section 3423.8.1 in which case 
the penalty is stayed until such time that the 
responsible party provides proof of satisfactory 
completion of the course. The Building Official shall 
require proof of attendance and satisfactory 
completion of the course, including certification 
from the instructor or provider of the course before 
dismissing the penalty assessed against the person. 
Failure to provide such proof when requested by the 
Building Official shall result in the reinstatement of 
the assessed penalty against the responsible party. 

3423.8.2.1.1 Applicability. The alternative penalty 
set forth in Section 3423.8.2.1 shall only be available 
to persons who have not previously completed such 
a training course and who have not been previously 
found by the Building Official to be in violation of 
this section. 

3423.9 Administrative Enforcement Procedures. 

3423.9.1 Action by the Building Official. If the 
responsible parties failed to comply with the notice 
of violation, Stop Work Order and/or notice of 
penalty issued pursuant to this code, the Building 
Official may: 

3423.9.1.1 Refer the matter for a hearing in 
accordance to the provision of this subsection; or 

3423.9.1.2 Issue another notice of violation, Stop 
Work Order, and/or notice of penalty, if 
appropriate; or 

3423.9.1.3 In the case where the responsible party 
is a contractor, file a complaint with the State 
Contractor Licensing Board. 



3423.9.2 Notice of hearing. Notice of any hearing 
conducted under this section shall be given in 
accordance with Chapter 1 A of this code. 

3423.9.3 Hearing. Any hearing held pursuant to 
this section shall be conducted in accordance with 
Chapiter 1 A of this code. 

3423.9.4 Decision. Except as otherwise provided 
for in this subsection, any decision issued pursuant 
to this subsection shall be issued in accordance with 
Chapter lA of this code. 

3423.9.4.1 Where the order imposes administrative 
penalties, the order shall apprise the responsible 
parties of their rights to seek judicial review in the 
Superior Court of San Francisco pursuant to 
Section 1094.6 of the California Code of Civil 
Procedure. 

3423.9.5 Posting and service of order. The Building 
Official's order shall be posted and served in 
accordance with Chapter 1 A of this code. 

3423.9.6 Appeal of order. Any person may appeal 
the nonmonetary portion of the Building Official's 
order issued pursuant to Section 3423.9.4, provided 
that such appeal is in writing and filed with the 
Abatement Appeals Board pursuant to Chapter 1 A 
of this code. Upon the determination of the Clerk of 
the Abatement Appeals Board that all requirements 
to make an appeal have been met, the monetary 
portion of the Building Official's order shall be 
stayed pending the appeal. 

3423.9.6.1 A responsible party against whom 
administrative penalties are imposed may seek 
judicial review of the monetary portion of the order 
by filing a writ of mandate with the Superior Court 
of San Francisco pursuant to Section 1094.6 of the 
California Code of Civil Procedure. 

3423.9.7 Referral to the City Attorney's Office. If 
the responsible parties fail to comply with a final 
and nonappealable order, the Building Official may 
refer the order to the City Attorney's Office for civil 
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Attorney's Office to enforce a final and 
nonappealable order, the responsible party shall be 
liable for all costs and fees including, but are not 
limited, to attorneys fees incurred by the City, 

3423.10 Miscellaneous. 



section. The Board of Supervisors declares that it 
would have passed each section, paragraph, 
sentence, clause or phrase of this section 
irrespective of the fact that any portion of this 
section could be declared unconstitutional, invalid 
or ineffective. 



3423.10.1 Method of service. Unless otherwise 
specified, any notices and orders issued pursuant to 
this section shall be served in accordance with 
Chapter 1 A of this code. 

3423.10.2 Proof of service. The person serving the 
notice or order as provided herein shall file an 
affidavit or declaration thereof under the penalty of 
perjury, certifying the time and manner in which 
such notice was given. Such person shall also file 
therewith any receipt card of such notice or order if 
service was performed by certified mail. 

3423.11 Remedies and Enforcement by City 
Officials. 

3423.11.1 No obligation by City. In undertaking 
the enforcement of this section, the City and County 
of San Francisco is assuming an undertaking only to 
promote the general welfare. It is not assuming, nor 
is it imposing on its officers and employees, an 
obligation for breach of which it is liable in money 
damages to any person who claims that such breach 
proximately caused injury. 

3423.11.2 Discretionary duty. Subject to the 
limitations of due process, notwithstanding any 
other provision of this section, whenever the words 
"shall" or "must" are used in establishing a 
responsibility or duty of the City, its elected or 
appointed officers, employees or agents, it is the 
legislative intent that such words establish a 
discretionary responsibility or duty requiring the 
exercise of judgment and discretion. 

3423.12 Severability. If any section, paragraph, 
sentence, clause or phrase of this section is for any 
reason held to be unconstitutional, invalid or 
ineffective by any court of competent jurisdiction, 
such decision shall not affect the validity or 
effectiveness of the remaining portions of this 



3424 Add the following section: 

SECTION 3424 - ASBESTOS INFORMATION 
AND NOTICE 

3424.1 Definitions. For the purpose of this section 
the following definitions shall apply: 

ASBESTOS means naturally occurring fibrous 
hydrated mineral silicates, chrysotile, crocidolite, 
amosite, fibrous tremolite, fibrous anthophyllite and 
fibrous actinolite. 

ASBESTOS-CONTAINING 
CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL means any 
manufactured construction material, including 
structural, mechanical and building material, which 
contains more than one percent asbestos by weight. 

ASBESTOS-RELATED WORK means any 
activity which by disturbing asbestos-containing 
construction materials may release asbestos fibers 
into the air and which is not related to its 
manufacture, the mining or excavation of 
asbestos-bearing ore or materials, or the installation 
or repair of automotive materials containing 
asbestos. 

MISCELLANEOUS MATERIAL means 
interior building material on structural 
components, structural members or fixtures, such 
as floor and ceiling tiles, and does not include 
surfacing material or thermal system insulation. 

NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING means any 
building as defined in this code except: 

1. A building which is used exclusively as a 
single-dwelling unit or multiple-dwelling units and 
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2. A building owned or operated by the state 
or federal government and exempt from the 
building permit requirements under Section 
106A.2; 

3. A school building as defined in 15 U.S.C. 
2642. 

SURFACING MATERIAL means material in 
a building that is sprayed-on, troweled-on or 
otherwise applied to surfaces, such as acoustical 
plaster on ceilings and fireproofing materials on 
structural members or other materials on surfaces 
for acoustical, fireproofing or other purposes. 

THERMAL SYSTEM INSULATION means 
material in a building applied to pipes, fittings, 
boilers, breeching, tanks, ducts or other interior 
structural components to prevent heat loss or gain, 
or water condensation, or for other purposes. 

TRANSFER OF TITLE means the conveyance 
of title to real property by one or more persons as a 
result of sale or exchange, and including the 
execution of a real property sales contract as 
defined in Section 2985 of the California Civil Code 
and any change in ownership described in 
subdivisions (c) and (h) of Section 61 and 
subdivision (c) of Section 64 of the California 
Revenue and Taxation Code, with the following 
exceptions: 

1. Transfers pursuant to court order, 
including, but not limited to, transfers ordered by a 
probate court in administration of an estate, 
transfers pursuant to a writ of execution, transfers 
by a trustee in bankruptcy, transfers by eminent 
domain or transfers resulting from a decree for 
specific performance; 

2. Transfers to a mortgage by a mortgagor in 
default, transfers to a beneficiary of a deed of trust 
by a trustor in default, transfers by any foreclosure 
sale after default in an obligation secured by a 
mortgage, or transfer by a sale under a power of 
sale after a default in an obligation secured by a 
deed of trust or secured by any other instrument 
containing a power of sale; 



3. Transfers by a fiduciary in the course of 
the administration of a guardianship, 
conservatorship or trust; 

4. Transfers from one co-owner to one or 
more co-owners; 

5. Transfers made to a spouse, or to a person 
or persons in the linear line of consanguinity of one 
or more of the transferors; 

6. Transfers between spouses resulting from 
a decree of dissolution of a marriage or a decree of 
legal separation or from a property settlement 
agreement incidental to such decrees; 

7., Transfers by the State Controller in the 
course of administering the Unclaimed Property 
Law, Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 1500) of 
Title 10 of Part 3 of the Code of Civil Procedure; 

8. Transfers under the provisions of Chapter 
7 (commencing with Section 3691) and Chapter 8 
(commencing with Section 3771) of Part 6 of 
Division 1 of the Revenue and Taxation Code; 

9. Transfers resulting by operation of law; 

10. Transfers by which title to real property is 
reconveyed pursuant to a deed of trust. 

3424.2 Asbestos Information Notice. 

3424.2.1 Nonresidential disclosure. The seller of 
any nonresidential building, except a nonresidential 
building for which a building permit to erect the 
structure was filed with the Department on or after 
Januaiy 1, 1979, shall disclose to the buyer, prior to 
transfer of title, what efforts, if any, the seller has 
made to determine if the building contains 
asbestos-containing construction materials and 
provide relevant documentation of these efforts. 

3424.2.2 Knowledge of seller. The seller of any 
nonresiidential building, except a nonresidential 
building for which a building permit to erect the 
structure was filed with the Department on or after 
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building contains asbestos-containing construction 
materials, shall provide notice to the buyer prior to 
transfer of title of the following: 

1. The existence of, conclusions from and a 
description or list of the contents of any survey 
conducted to determine the existence and location of 
asbestos-containing construction materials within 
the nonresidential building. The seller shall provide 
copies of any documentation of the final survey 
results, including any documentation of the 
inspector's, laboratory's or consultant's asbestos 
inspection qualifications and state certification. 

2. Locations within the nonresidential 
building identified by the survey or known to the 
seller where asbestos-containing construction 
materials in the form of surfacing material, thermal 
system insulation or miscellaneous material are 
present. 

3. Any final operation and management plans 
prepared for the seller by consultants, agents or 
employees of the seller identifying procedures or 
handling restrictions to minimize or prevent 
disturbance, release or exposure to the 
asbestos-containing construction material. 

4. Results of any bulk sample analysis or air 
monitoring conducted for or by the seller or within 
the seller's control, including reference to sampling 
and laboratory procedures utilized, and copies of 
the laboratory reports, monitoring data and 
sampling procedures. 

5. Information in a final survey or other 
document prepared for the seller by consultants, 
agents or employees of the seller that (a) assesses the 
condition of asbestos-containing construction 
material in the form of surfacing material, thermal 
system insulation or miscellaneous material; or (b) 
evaluates the potential for exposure to building 
occupants. 

3424.3 Asbestos-Related Work Sign Posting and 
Affidavits. In addition to any other requirements 
for notice set forth in this code, any person filing an 
application for a building permit to perform work 



in an apartment house or a residential hotel [as 
defined in Section 41.4(p) of the San Francisco 
Administrative Code], which work includes 
asbestos-related work as defined in this code, shall 
comply with the following requirements: 

3424.3.1 Signposting. Prior to commencement and 
for the duration of any asbestos-related work, post 
a sign readable at 20 feet (6.096 m) at each 
noncontiguous location where any asbestos-related 
work is performed in the apartment house or 
residential hotel, or in any appurtenant buildings 
thereto and facilities supplied in connection with the 
use or occupancy thereof, including garage and 
parking facilities, stating '''Danger - Asbestos. 
Cancer and Lung Hazard. Keep Out." 
Notwithstanding this requirement, if an owner or 
contractor of the owner subject to the requirements 
of California Labor Code Sections 6501.5 et seq., 
and regulations promulgated pursuant thereto, is in 
compliance with the requirements for posting 
locations of asbestos-related work, such owner or 
contractor shall be deemed to have complied with 
this requirement. 

3424.3.2 Time of posting. Unless the requirement 
for plans and specifications is waived by the 
Building Official of the Department pursuant to 
Section 106A.3.2, provide a notice at least 72 hours 
prior to commencement of any asbestos-related 
work to the residential tenants in the building. The 
notice shall advise the residential tenants of the 
nature of the asbestos-related work to be 
performed, the date and time the work is scheduled 
to commence, the specific location or locations in 
the building where the work will occur, the name 
and address of the person or firm performing the 
work and the name and telephone number of a 
person to contact on site if the residential tenant has 
questions or concerns. The notice shall be provided 
in one of the following ways: 

1. At least 72 hours prior to commencement 
and for the duration of any asbestos-related work, 
post a notice containing the required information in 
a conspicuous common area of the apartment house 
or residential hotel measuring 15 inches by 15 
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2. Mail, by first-class registered mail, a notice 
containing the required information to each person 
who rents or leases residential space in the 
apartment house or residential hotel, postmarked at 
least five days plus 72 hours prior to 
commencement of any asbestos-related work; or 

3. Personally deliver a notice containing the 
required information to each person who rents or 
leases residential space in the apartment house or 
residential hotel, at least 72 hours prior to 
commencement of the asbestos-related work. 



residential areas of the building do not share supply 
air or return air handling systems, and the 
commercial area does not contain facilities supplied 
in connection with the use or occupancy of the 
residential area. 

NOTE: Contact Bay Area Air Quality Management 
District for pre-permit requirements for demolition 
and alteration work and other requirements for 
asbestos related work. 



3424.3.2.1 Affidavits. The applicant shall 
thereafter submit an affidavit signed under penalty 
of perjury stating that the notice has been posted in 
the building or mailed or personally delivered to 
each person who rents or leases residential space in 
the building. See Section llOA, Schedule lA-L - 
Affidavit Record Maintenance, for fee to defray the 
cost of maintaining records of said affidavits. If 
there is reason to believe that the notice was not 
posted, mailed or personally delivered as required, 
the Building Official shall investigate the matter, 
shall provide the applicant an opportunity to 
respond to any complaint of noncompliance, shall 
determine whether the requirements of this section 
have been substantially met and shall revoke the 
permit if it is determined they have not been 
substantially met. 

3424.3.3 Apartment house and residential hotel 
exclusions. Notwithstanding the definitions of 
apartment house or residential hotel [as defined in 
Section 41.4(p) of the San Francisco Administrative 
Code], those terms shall not include: 

1. Any "school building" as defined in 15 
U.S.C. Section 2642 as that section read on January 
1, 1989; 

2. Any "building" as defined in California 
Health and Safety Code Section 25920, as that 
section read on September 27, 1989; or 



3. The residential area of any multi-use 
building where the asbestos-related work is to occur 
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Appendix J 
GRADING 



SECTION J103 - PERMITS REQUIRED 

JI03.2 Add the following five exemptions: 

8. Grading performed incidental to and in 
connection with the construction of a building or 
structure on a single lot, pursuant to a valid 
building permit issued therefor. The cost of such 
grading shall be included in the total valuation of 
the building for determining permit fees, and a 
separate grading permit will not be required. 

9. Grading necessary for and incidental to 
and in connection with the construction of any 
parks, public streets or roadways, or the 
construction of sewers, or utilities under or within 
the boundaries of such roadways or streets when 
such work is under the direct supervision of the 
Recreation and Park Department, the Department 
of Public Works, the Public Utilities Commission or 
other governmental agencies. 

10. Grading operations which in the opinion of 
the Building Official are of such a minor nature that 
the proposed work will not affect the adjoining 
land, or any existing structures, either those on the 
same or adjoining land. For such grading 
operations, the requirements of this chapter may be 
waived in whole or in part. 

11. An excavation that (1) is less than 2 feet 
(610 mm) in depth or (2) does not create a cut slope 
greater than 5 feet (1524 mm) in height and steeper 
than 1 unit vertical in 1 1/2 units horizontal (66.7% 
slope). 

12. A fill less than 1 foot (305 mm) in depth 
and placed on natural terrain with a slope flatter 
than I unit vertical in 5 units horizontal (20% slope) 
or less than 3 feet (914 mm) in depth not intended to 
support structures, that does not exceed 50 cubic 
yards (38.3 m^) on any one lot and does not obstruct 
a drainage course. 



SECTION J104 - PERMIT APPLICATION AND 
SUBMITTALS 

J 104. 3 Replace the Exception as follows: 

Exception: Grading conforming to all of the 
following requirements: 

1. No cut section is greater than 10 feet 
(3.048 m) in vertical height. 

2. No cut slope is steeper than 2 horizontal to 
1 vertical. 



3. 



4. 



5. 



The tops of cut banks are separated from 
any structure or major improvement by a 
distance, measured horizontally, equal to 
not less than the height of the bank. 

Not more than 5,000 cubic yards (3825 m^) 
shall be involved in grading. 

Grading performed at a site outside the 
limits of known slide areas. 



All other grading shall require soils report and 
the grading plans shall include, but not limited to, 
the following information: 

(1) The design of retaining walls or other 
structures used to support cuts or fills. Such 
retaining walls or structures, except when part 
of a building, may be constructed under this 
permit, provided the cost of same is included in 
the valuation shown on the application. 

(2) The sequencing of cut and fill operations 
in a manner that assures interim stability of the 
site. 



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SECTION J109 - DRAINAGE AND TERRACING 

J 109. 5 Add the following section: 

J109.5 Surface Drainage. All areas which are 
surfaced with asphalt, concrete or other paving of 
similar imperviousness, and which exceed a total 
area of 200 square feet (18.58 m^), shall have storm- 
and casual water drained directly to a public sewer 
or storm drain. 

Drainage shall not be directed to flow onto 
adjacent property or to drain onto public sidewalks. 
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JII2 Add a new section as follows: 

SECTION J112 - GRADING FEES 

The permit and the plan review fees shall be per 
Section llOA, Table lA-F - Specialty Permit Fees, 
Table lA-A- Building Permit Application and Plan 
Review Fees. The valuation shall be based on the 
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ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETINS 
Printed in the 2007 San Francisco Building Code 



AB# TITLES 



AB-001 Preparing Administrative Bulletins 

AB-003 Preparing an Office Policy and Procedure 

AB-004 Priority Permit Processing Guidelines 

AB-005 Local Equivalency Case-by-Case Application Procedures 

AB-006 Accessible Restrooms Located within a Reasonable Distance 

AB-007 High-Top Van Parking Equivalent Facilitation 

AB-008 Elevator Cab Size Equivalent Facilitation 

AB-009 Local Equivalency for Approval of New Openings in New and Existing Building Property Line Walls 

AB-010 Local Equivalency for Approval of Communicating Openings Between Buildings on Separate Properties 

AB-011 Use of Powered Door Operators in Lieu of Exterior and Interior Door Side Clearances 

AB-012 Use of Powered Door Operators in Lieu of Level Landings at Doors 

AB-013 Application of Disabled Access Provisions to Historic Buildings 

AB-014 Dimensional Tolerances for New and Existing Construction 

AB-015 Allowable Temporary Interruptions to Disabled Access 

AB-016 Use of Panic Hardware in Lieu of Door Push-Side Clearance 

AB-017 Exception to Requirements for Disabled Access to Vacant Spaces 

AB-018 Local Equivalency for Approval of Emergency Escape or Rescue Windows at Courts and Lightwells 

AB-019 Local Equivalency for Approval of Fire Escapes as a Required Means of Egress 

AB-020 Local Equivalency for Exiting Through a Garage Area for Type V, Group R Division 1 Buildings 

AB-023 Crane Site Safety Plan- For the operation of tower cranes on high-rise building structures. 

[AB-024 Over-the-Counter Permit: Held for Revision] 

AB-025 Pre-application Requirement for State Industrial Safety Permit for Certain Trenching, Demolition, and 

Construction Activities 
AB-026 Noise Insulation Enforcement Procedures 
AB-027 Illegal Unit Re-occupancy Enforcement Procedure 
AB-028 Pre-application and Pre-addendum Plan Review Procedures 
[AB-029 Procedure for Approval of Homeless Shelters: Held for Revision] 
AB-031 Identification of Revisions on Pages of Drawings 
[AB-032 Site Permit Processing: Held for Revision] 
[AB-033 Site Permit Processing — For project with valuation of $3 50, 000 or less and only one addendum. [Refer 

to AB-032 for projects with valuation of $350,000 or more.]: Held for Revision] 
AB-035 Procedure for Assigning Street Numbers (Addresses) 
AB-036 Special inspection for demolition work 
[AB-037 Non-complying Exit Separation in Existing Group B, F-1, M, S-1 and S-2 Occupancies: Held for 

Revision] 
AB-040 Referral of Design Professionals and Contractors to Regulatory Agencies 
AB-042 Board of Examiners: Request for Variance, New Materials, or Alternate Methods of Construction 
AB-043 Ventilation of Public Spaces in Group R Occupancies 
AB-046 Special Inspection and Structural Observation Documentation 
AB-056 Disabled Access Compliance Status Documentation 

AB-057 Local Equivalency for Approval of Roof Hatches in Lieu of Stairway Penthouses in Designated Buildings 
AB-060 Information Technology Rooms Defined and Requirements 
[AB-083 Seismic Design and Review Procedures for New Tall Buildings: Held for revision] 



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AB-001 



ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 



NO. AB-001 
DATE 
SUBJECT 
TITLE 



November 18, 1998 (Updated 01/01/08 for code references) 
General Administrative Procedures 
Preparing Administrative Bulletins 



PURPOSE 



REFERENCE 



DISCUSSION 



The purpose of this Administrative Bulletin is to describe the procedures to be used in 
originating, writing, editing and distributing Administrative Bulletins. Administrative 
Bulletins document the procedures to be followed by Department of Building Inspection 
(DBI) staff and other agencies which are involved with the regulatory functions of DBI. 
Although Administrative Bulletins are intended primarily for DBI use, the information may 
be of interest to the general public. 

An Administrative Bulletin differs from an Office Policy and Procedure document in that 
the latter defines DBFs internal operating procedures and is generally of interest only to 
DBI staff. 



; 2007 San Francisco Building Code, Section 104A2. 1 

: The following steps are to be observed in the publishing of an Administrative Bulletin. 
Refer to the flowchart in ATTACHMENT A. Each Administrative Bulletin shall be 
reviewed at least annually for concurrence with the current code and from time-to-time as 
necessitated by changes in policies or requirements. 

1 . IDENTIFY THE PROPOSED ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 

a. Any individual in the Department may identify the need for an Administrative Bulletin and report this 
need to the supervisor, who will in turn discuss it with the Manager of Permit Review Services (the Manager). The 
Manager then makes a recommendation to the Director who may give the authorization to proceed with the writing 
of the Administrative Bulletin. Similarly, any City agency may identify the need for an Administrative Bulletin 
directly to the Director. 

b. The Manager will notify Technical Services Division (TSD) of the subject matter and the person assigned 
to write the Administrative Bulletin (the Preparer). TSD will assign the proposed Administrative Bulletin a number 
and notify the Preparer to proceed. 



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2. REPORT THE PROPOSED ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN TO BUILDING INSPECTION COMMISSION 
(BIC) 

Prior to the preparation of the first draft of the Administrative Bulletin, TSD will prepare a brief synopsis of 
the proposed Administrative Bulletin and shall forward that to the DBI Director for inclusion in the Director's 
Report or Communication Item to the Building Inspection Commission (BIC). 

3 . PREPARE THE DRAFT ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 

Following such report to the BIC, the Preparer shall prepare the first draft. The first draft is to be returned to 
TSD within 21 days* after BIC review. Extensions of time may be granted by the Director under extenuating 
circumstances. Such first draft shall be reviewed by the Deputy Director and TSD for form and content, and revised 
as necessary. See ATTACHMENT B for the document format which is to be followed. 

4. REVIEW THE DRAFT ADMINISTRATFVE BULLETIN 

a. If so requested by the BIC, the first draft shall be provided to the BIC for public hearing prior to general 
distribution of the draft for review. 

b. If no public hearing on the first draft is requested by the BIC, that first draft shall be distributed. The 
Preparer is to include a list of persons or committees to whom the draft is recommended to be sent for review. The 
Director and TSD may revise this list. (See ATTACHMENT C for a list of possible reviewers). 

c. TSD will distribute the first draft and, after a minimum 60 day* review period, will forward any comments 
received to the Manager. The Manager will review the first draft and the review comments, and if necessary, 
discuss them with the Preparer. The Manager may refer the draft Administrative Bulletin to any committee for 
review as seen advisable. 

5 . PREPARE THE FfN AL DRAFT FOR REVIEW BY THE KL\NGER 

Based upon draft review comments a final draft bulletin will be prepared by the Preparer, TSD will prepare 
the final draft which will then be reviewed for form and content by the Manager. 

6. FORWARD THE ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN TO THIi BIC FOR REVIEW AND PUBLIC HEARING 

Following review and recommendation by the Manager and Director, the draft Administrative Bulletin will 
be forwarded to the Building Inspection Commission for review, public hearing and approval. 

7. PREPARE THE APPROVED COPY FOR PRINTING AND DISTRIBUTION 

a. Following BIC approval, the Preparer will have 7 days* to return a final draft to TSD who will review the 
final draft for conformance to format and prepare a final copy for signature by the Director. 



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b. The signed Administrative Bulletin will be duplicated and distributed as noted on a final distribution list. 
TSD will file the signed Administrative Bulletin and will keep a record of the completed Administrative Bulletins 
in separate indexes by: 

1). Administrative Bulletin Number 

2). Title 

* The time limits given in the procedure above are guidelines, and may vary depending upon the complexity of 
the subject matter, review and approval process, and schedule requirements. Many Administrative Bulletins result 
in multiple "draft" stages. 

Approved by the Building Inspection Commission on November 18, 1998 

Originally signed by: 
Frank Y. Chiu, Director 



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ATTACHMENT A 



ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 
PREPARATION, REVIEW AND APPROVAL PROCESS 



Department of Building inspection (DBI) 

identifies topic for proposed Administrative EJulletin and informs 

Building Inspection Commission (BIC) through BIC Office 

(Communication Item) or through DBI Director's Report 

(Agenda Item at BIC Meeting) 



Review by Code 
Advisory Committee 




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At least 21 day* 

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Review by TSD and 
Mgr, Permit Services 



Firet Draft fgrwardgd tg thg following ; 

BIC - Communication Item 

Access Appeals Commission - Disability 

access issues only 
Public Advisory Committee(s) 
Other interested Groups or Individuals 



At least 21 days 



Review by TSD and 
Mgr., Permit Services 



BIG holds Public Hearing on First Draft 




DBI makes revisions directed by BIC or 
attaches BIC comments to First Draft 



wi^t^'-^im!^ 



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Review by Mgr., 
Permit Services 



Draft fgrwardgd t? th? fgllgwinq; 

Code Advisory Committee - Agenda Item 
Access Appeals Commission - Disability 

access issues only 
Public Advisory Committee(s) 
Other interested Groups or Individuals 



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BIC holds Public Hearing on Final Draft 
and takes action on adoption 



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DBI finalizes document for 



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ATTACHMENT B 



[Example of format] 



ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 



NO. AB-OOX 
DATE 
SUBJECT 
TITLE 



The ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN NO. is assigned by TSD. 

The DATE is the effective date 

The SUBJECT identifies the major topic or topics covered by the Administrative Bulletin. 

The TITLE should be short and to the point (e.g., Processing Demolition Applications and 
Permits). 



PURPOSE 



REFERENCE 



DISCUSSION 



The PURPOSE serves as an abstract and clearly defines the scope and intent of the 
Administrative Bulletin. 

The REFERENCE materials used in writing the Administrative Bulletin may include 
Municipal Codes, City Charter, State and Federal Laws, letters, directives, and other 
justifications for this Administrative Bulletin. If there are none, leave this item out. 

The DISCUSSION provides background information and a description of the intended 
action or procedure. It includes detailed explanations and additional examples, 
attachments, or diagrams. 

The SIGNA TURE BLOCK contains the Director 's signature and title. 
Additional signatures and titles may be included if the Administrative 
Bulletin is written as a joint document with other agencies. 



(Other signature, as required) Date 



Isam Hasenin, P.E., C.B.O. Date 

Director 

Department of Building Inspection 

Approved by the Building Inspection Commission on 
(date) 



IH: ABC The INITIAL BLOCK contains the Director 's and the Preparer's initials for later reference. 

(end of page) 
The PAGE FOOTER should also give the total page count. 



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ATTACHMENT C 



Reviewer Distribution List: 



Department of Building Inspection: 
Director 

Assistant to the Director 
Mgr, Plan review Services 
Building Inspection 
Housing Inspection 
Technical Services 
Central Permit Bureau 



Mgr, Permit Services 
Mgr, Housing Inspection/ 

Code Enforcement Services 
Electrical Inspection 
Code Enforcement 
Lead Abatement 
Administrative Services 



Mgr, Inspection Services 
Mgr, Support Services 
Customer Services 
Plumbing Inspection 
Special Inspection 
Emergency Management 
Management Information Systems 



Boards and Commissions: 

Building Inspection Commission 
Access Appeals Commission 
Code Advisory Committee 
Board of Appeals 
Electrical Advisory Committee 
Seismic Investigation and Hazard 
Survey Advisory Committee 



Abatement Appeals Board 

Board of Examiners 

Public Advisory Committee 

Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals Board 

Structural Advisory Committee 



City Agencies: 

Mayor's Office 
Board of Supervisors 
City Attorney, Office of 
City Planning Department 
Redevelopment Agency 
Bureau of Fire Prevention 



Department of Public Works 
Bureau of Architecture 
Bureau of Engineering 
Bureau of Construction Mgt. 
Port of San Francisco 
Housing Authority 



Bureau of Building Repair 
Department of Public Health 
Real Estate Department 
Bureau of Street Use & Mapping 
BERM 



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Professional Societies and Organizations: 

American Institute of Architects (AIA), San Francisco Chapter 

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 

American Society of Fire Protection Engineers (ASFPE) 

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers, Inc (ASHRAE) 

Consulting Engineers Association of California (CEAC) 

National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) 

Residential Builders Association of San Francisco, Inc. (RBA) 

San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) 

San Francisco Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) 

San Francisco District of the Associated General Contractors of California, Inc. (AGC) 

Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning National Association, Inc. (SMACNA) 

Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC) 

Public Organizations: 

Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) 

Center for Independent Living 

Foundation for San Francisco's Architectural Heritage 

San Francisco Board of Realtors 

San Francisco Building Trades Council 

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce 

San Francisco Planning & Urban Research Association (SPUR) 

Note: Any interested individual, agency or organization may be included on this list of reviewers by sending a 
written request to: Director of Building Inspection, 1660 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. 



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AB-003 



ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 



NO. AB-003 
DATE 
SUBJECT 
TITLE 



November 18, 1998 (Updated 01/01/08 for code references) 
Genera! Administrative Procedures 
Preparing an Office Policy and Procedure 



PURPOSE 



DISCUSSION 



: The purpose of this Administrative Bulletin is to describe the procedures to be used in 
originating, writing, editing and distributing an Office Policy and Procedure. An Office 
Policy and Procedure is a document intended primarily for Department of Building 
Inspection (DBI) use but is available to the general public. 

Note: An Office Policy and Procedure document differs from an Administrative Bulletin 
in that the latter defines the procedures to be followed by DBI staff and other agencies 
which are involved with the regulatory functions of DBI. Although an Administrative 
Bulletin is intended primarily for DBI use, the information may be of interest to the general 
public. 

; The following steps are to be observed in the publishing of an Office Policy and Procedure. 
Refer to the flowchart in ATTACHMENT "A". Each Office Policy and Procedure shall 
be reviewed at least annually for concurrence with the current code and from time-to-time 
as necessitated by changes in policies or requirements. 

1 . IDENTIFY THE PROPOSED OFFICE POLICY AND PROCEDURE 

a. Any individual in the Department may identify the need for an Office Policy and Procedure and report 
this need to the supervisor, who will in turn discuss it with the Manager for Permit Services (the Manager). The 
Manager then makes a recommendation to the Director who may give the authorization to proceed with the writing 
of the Office Policy. Similarly, any City agency may identify the need for an Office Policy and Procedure directly 
to the Director. 

b. The Manager will notify Technical Services Division (TSD) of the subject matter and the person assigned 
to write the Office Policy and Procedure (the Preparer). TSD will assign the proposed Office Policy and Procedure 
a number and notify the Preparer to proceed. 

c. The first draft is to be returned to TSD within 14 days* after assignment of Office Policy and Procedure 
Number. Extensions of time may be granted by the Director under extenuating circumstances. Such first draft shall 
be reviewed by the Deputy Director and TSD for form and content, and revised as necessaiy. See ATTACHMENT 
"B" for the document format which is to be followed. 



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2. REVIEW THE DRAFT OFFICE POLICY AND PROCEDURE 

a. The Preparer is to include a list of persons to wiiom the draft is recommended to be sent for review. The 
Director and TSD may revise this list. (See ATTACHMENT "C" for a list of possible reviewers). 

b. TSD will distribute the first draft and, after a 1 4 day* review period, will forward any comments received 
to the Manager. The Manager will review the first draft and the review comments, and if necessary, discuss them 
with the Preparer. 

3 . PREPARE FINAL DRAFT FOR REVIEW BY THE DIRECTOR 

Based upon draft review comments a final draft bulletin will be prepared by the Preparer. TSD will prepare 
the final draft which will then be reviewed for form and content by the Manager. 

4. PREPARE THE APPROVED COPY FOR PRINTING AND DISTRIBUTION 

a. Following approval by the Manager, the Preparer will have 7 days* to return the final draft to TSD who 
will review the final draft for conformance to format and prepare a final copy for signature by the Director. 

b. The signed Office Policy and Procedure will be duplicated and distributed as noted on a final distribution 
list. TSD will file the signed Office Policy and Procedure and will keep a record of the completed in Office Policy 
and Procedure separate indexes by: 

1 ). Office Policy and Procedure Number 

2). Title 

5. REPORT THE OFFICE POLICY AND PROCEDURE TO TFffi BUILDING INSPECTION COMMISSION 

TSD will prepare a synopsis of the completed Office Policy and Procedure and shall forward that to the DBI 
Director for inclusion in the Director's Report or Communication Item to the Building Inspection Commission 
(BIC). 

* The time limits given in the procedure above are guidelines, and may vary depending upon the complexity of the 
subject matter, review and approval process, and schedule requirements. Many Office Policy and Procedure 
documents result in multiple "draft" stages. 

Approved by the Building Inspection Commission on November 18, 1998 

Originally signed by: 
Frank Y. Chiu, Director 
Februarys, 1999 



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AB-003 



ATTACHMENT A 



OfFK;E POLICY AND PROCEDURE 
PREPARATION, REVIEW AND APPROVAL PROCESS 



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ATTACHMENT B 



[Example of format] 



OFFICE POLICY AND PROCEDURE 



NO. OP-00X.YY 



DATE 



SUBJECT 



TITLE 



The OFFICE POLICY AND PROCEDURE NO. is assigned by TSD. 

The DATE is the effective date. 

The SUBJECT identifies the major topic or topics covered by the Office Policy and 
Procedure. 

The TITLE should be short and to the point (e.g., Processing Overtime Requests.) 



PURPOSE 



REFERENCE 



DISCUSSION 



The PURPOSE serves as an abstract and clearly defines the scope and intent of the Office 
Policy and Procedure. 

The REFERENCE materials used in writing the Office Policy and Procedure may include 
Municipal Codes, City Charter, State and Federal Laws, letters, directives, and other 
justifications for this document. If there are none, leave this item out. 

The DISCUSSION provides background information and a description of the intended 
clarification or interpretation. It includes detailed explanations and additional examples, 
attachments, or diagrams. 

The SIGNA TURE BLOCK contains the Director 's signature and 
title. Additional signatures and titles may be included if the Office 
Policy and Procedure is written as a joint document with other 
agencies. 



{Other signature, as required) Date 



Isam Hasenin, P.E., C.B.O Date 

Director 

Department of Building Inspection 

IH: ABC The INITIAL BLOCK contains the Director 's and the Preparer's initials for later reference. 



(end of page) 



The PAGE FOOTER should also give the total page count. 



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AB-003 



ATTACHMENT C 



Reviewer Distribution List: 



Department of Building Inspection: 
Director 

Assistant to the Director 
Mgr, Plan review Services 
Building Inspection 
Housing Inspection 
Technical Services 
Central Permit Bureau 



Mgr, Permit Services 
Mgr, Housing Inspection/ 

Code Enforcement Services 
Electrical Inspection 
Code Enforcement 
Lead Abatement 
Administrative Services 



Mgr, Inspection Services 
Mgr, Support Services 
Customer Services 
Plumbing Inspection 
Special Inspection 
Emergency Management 
Management Information Systems 



Boards and Commissions: 

Building Inspection Commission 

City Agencies: 

City Attorney, Office of 



Other: 



Include any other agency, group, or individual which may be affected by the Office Procedure & Policy. 



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AB-004 



ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 



NO. AB-004 
DATE 
SUBJECT 
TITLE 



October 6, 2006 (Updated 01/01/08 for code references) 
Permit Processing and Issuance 
Priority Permit Processing Guidelines 



PURPOSE 



REFERENCES 



This bulletin establishes guidelines to assure that permit applicants receive equal treatment 
and that permits are reviewed in the order received by the Department of Building 
Inspection except for certain designated priority applications. 

It is the intent of the Department of Building Inspection that the permit review process 
proceed in an orderly, fair and efficient manner with sufficient flexibility to allow the 
reasonable resolution of problems that may occur on a day-to-day basis. This bulletin is 
issued in conjunction with similar bulletins from the Department of Public Works and the 
Planning Department. 

2007 San Francisco Building Code, Section 106A, Permits. 

San Francisco Campaign and Government Conduct Code, Section 3.400 "Permit 

Application Processing". 
Ethics Commission "Permit Processing Code of Conduct" 
San Francisco Planning Department, Director's Bulletin #2006-02. 
Department of Public Works, Director's Order #175,487. 

This Administrative Bulletin provides guidelines for the implementation of legislation 
adopted by the Board of Supervisors to assist City permitting departments in assuring that 
no appearance of, or actual, preferential treatment is given to any permit applicant. Policy 
is adopted in accordance with the requirements of San Francisco Campaign and 
Government Conduct Code Section 3.400, effective December 15, 2004, and supplements 
the Permit Processing Code of Conduct adopted by the Ethics Commission on January 1 0, 
2005. 



These procedures relate to assignment, initial processing, review and issuance of permit applications; as well as to 
permit revisions, addenda, and corrections submitted to the Department of Building Inspection subsequent to initial 
permit application. 

General Policy: In accordance with the City's adopted "Permit Application Processing" regulations, the 
Department of Building Inspection has determined that there is a compelling public policy basis to provide priority 
review and issuance for each of the following designated types of permit applications. 



DISCUSSION 



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Department of Building Inspection employees are encouraged to exercise reasonable judgment in all permit review 
and issuance activities in order to fulfill our customer service responsibilities. This exercise of reasonable judgment 
by employees is considered an important component in meeting the intent of the legislation to avoid preferential 
treatment. In all cases when questions arise regarding potential issues of preferential treatment, employees are 
required to consult with their supervisors. 

PROCEDURES 

Subject to the reasonable judgment of employees, permit applications shall be logged-in, separated into various 
permit types, assigned to staff for review, and reviewed in the order in which they are received, except for certain 
designated priority permits as detailed below. The Department of Efuilding Inspection may assign as many different 
permit types as necessary to assure the efficient operation of that department. For example, the Department of 
Building Inspection may separate permits for one type of work, such as office tenant improvement construction, 
from other types of work, such as re-roofmg or new building construction. 

Case A addresses initial permit submittal, assignment, review and issuance. Following such initial priority action, 
permit applications may be placed on hold, routed to other divisions or other City agencies, issued, or expired 
pursuant to other code requirements and other adopted policies and procedures. 

Case B addresses issues related to priority processing of permit revisions and of other materials submitted after 
initial permit acceptance and review, as well as to issues related to final processing and issuance of permits. 

Case A - Applications for Permits 

Permit applications for the following types of work may, upon request of the permit applicant, be given priority 
assignment for plan review and issuance: 

1 . Permit applications for necessary emergency work to secure the health or safety of building users or the 
public, either on private property or on the public right-of-way; 

2. Permit applications for work on City owned or City leased properties when such priority permit review 
is specified in a written agreement between the Department of Building Inspection and such other City agencies; 

3 . Permit applications for work consisting solely of disabled access improvements; 

4. Permit applications for work consisting solely of solar photovoltaic systems; 

5. Permit applications principally for maintenance or preservation of designated historic buildings and/or 
sites; 

6. Permit applications for building construction projects that meet or exceed a Gold Rating (very high 
efficiency "green building" projects) using the LEED Building Raiting System® adopted under the Leadership in 
Energy and Environmental Design program of the U.S. Green Building Council or other approved "green building" 
guidelines. Compliance with green building standards is to be assured through conformance with "Performance 
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7. Permit applications for projects that provide new affordable housing (meeting the affordability levels 
defined in Planning Code Section 315 and in the Procedures Manual adopted by the Mayor's Office of Housing) 
in 100% of the on-site dwelling units. Conformance with these standards shall be confirmed by Planning 
Department staff; 

8. Permit applications to respond to a delay caused by an earlier procedural error by a City agency in 
processing the permit or processing another permit for the same project; 

9. Permit applications submitted to comply with Notices of Violation, abatement notices, or any other official 
Department of Public Works, Planning Department or Department of Building Inspection enforcement or abatement 
notices which require immediate action; or 

1 0. Permit applications for other work for which, in the reasonable judgment of the Director of the Department 
of Building Inspection, urgent or extraordinary circumstances exist that would lead to a significant public benefit 
or necessity, when such circumstances are documented in written findings. 

Case B - Revisions and Addenda to Permits 

Subject to the reasonable judgment of staff, revisions and other materials submitted to the Department of Building 
Inspection during the permit review process must be reviewed in the order in which they are received, except as 
detailed below. Such submittals may include revisions, corrections, addenda, and other permit materials. Exceptions 
to the strict chronological review and processing sequence are allowed and permit submittal documents may be 
given priority review, upon request of the permit applicant, when any of the following conditions is met: 

1 . Permits meet the priority permit qualifications of Case A, above; 

2. Permit revisions are submitted pursuant to a decision of the Building Inspection Commission, Board of 
Appeals, Board of Supervisors, or other review or appeals body where such body has directed that the permit 
revisions be given priority review, or where required revisions are minor in nature and would not require substantial 
time to review and process; 

3. Revisions, corrections or other submittals are minor in nature and would not require substantial time to 
review and process; 

4. Revisions, addenda and other permit submittals for work in which, in the reasonable judgment of the 
Director of the Department of Building Inspection, urgent or extraordinary circumstances exist that would lead to 
a significant public benefit or necessity, when such circumstances are documented in written findings. 

Documentation of Priority Processing 

Priority processing for permits meeting the above criteria is to be undertaken at the request of the permit applicant. 
All cases of priority permit application processing shall be documented using a standard form, Documentation of 
Findings for Priority Permit Processing (Attachment A), that includes written findings of conformity with one of 
the priority types described in this bulletin. This document shall be prepared and submitted by the applicant. 
Department of Building Inspection, Division managers may approve the form where the permit is in clear 
conformity with the standards for priority processing. All other requests for priority permit processing should be 
reviewed and approved by a Deputy Director or other senior manager. 



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One copy of the form approving priority permit processing shall remain with the application, one copy shall be 
microfilmed or otherwise retained as part of the approved permit documents, and the original shall be retained in 
a chronological file in the office of the Deputy Director for Permit Services or in another designated location and 
shall be available for review by any person at any time during normal Department working hours. Permit 
applications that are approved for priority processing should be so noted in the Department of Building Inspection's 
permit tracking system. 

Performance Assurance for Green Buildings 

Where priority processing for a permit application is requested for building construction projects that meet or 
exceed a LEED Building Rating System® Gold rating or other approved "green building" program, such permit 
applications must be accompanied by an agreement in a form prepared and executed by the Department of the 
Environment. The agreement shall be accompanied by the LEED® or other approved checklist that specifies the 
elements of the project required to obtain the required rating. As part of the application process, the applicant shall 
meet with a designated SF Green Team, comprising technical staff from the affected reviewing agencies, to confirm 
that the project complies with all requirements. Plan review fees per San Francisco Building Code Section 1 lOA, 
Table 1 A-B will be charged on an hourly basis for all SF Green l^eam staff time related to an individual project. 

The applicant's obligations under this agreement shall be memorialized as Conditions of Permit Approval, which 
shall become part of the approved permit documents and shall be recorded with the County Recorder's Office in a 
form approved by the Director. Conditions of permit approval shall require that the project's site permit application 
or other permit application(s) be accompanies by a Design Phase Certification from the U.S. Green Building 
Council, and that a final LEED® Gold Rating Certification be obtained within six months of issuance of the 
Certificate of Occupancy, Certificate of Final Completion, or permit sign-off The Director may approve alternate 
documentation and compliance programs to confirm that all required work is properly completed. 

Quality Assurance Procedures 

The assignment of permit applications for priority review and these procedures shall be reviewed by the Department 
of Building Inspection on an annual basis to confirm that the intent of this policy is being fiilfilled and to make 
changes as necessary to optimize the efficient and fair operation of the permit process. 

Approved by Building Inspection Commission October 2, 2006 

Originally signed by: 
Amy Lee, Acting Director 
Department of Building Inspection 
October 6, 2006 



Attachment A 
Attachment B 
Attachment C 
Attachment D 
Attachment E 



Documentation of Priority Permit Processing 

SF Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code, Section 3.400 

Permit Processing Code of Conduct 

Planning Department, Director's Bulletin #2006-02 

DPW Director's Order #175,487 



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ATTACHMENT A 



DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING INSPECTION 

City & County of San Francisco 

1660 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94103-2414 

Documentation of Findings for 
Priority Permit Application Processing 

This form shall accompany all requests for priority processing of permit applications. A copy shall be maintained in the office 
of the Deputy Director for Permit Services, a copy shall accompany the permit application, and a copy shall be recorded as a 
permit document 

Note: Boldface items are to be completed by the Permit Applicant. 

Received Date; Time _^^________ 



Permit Application # 
Property Address: 



Block and Lot: / Occupancy Group: Use: 

Description of Proposed Work 



/ hereby declare that the information provided is accurate to the best of my knowledge and that I intend to 
undertake and complete the project described herein in compliance with the requirements for Priority Permit 
Processing detailed in DBI Administrative Bulletin AB-004, 



Signature of Applicant Date 



Print Name of Applicant Phone Number 

Findings/Basis for Priority Permit Review (based on AB-004) 

Case A, Case B, Other (circle one) Item # 



Comments/Findings: 



Approved by: 



Signature of DBI Supervisor or Manager 
Print Name and Title Date 



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ATTACHMENT B 



THE SAN FRANCISCO CAMPAIGN AP^ GOVIERNMENTAL CONDUCT CODE 



CHAPTER 4: PERMIT APPLICATION PROCESSING 



Sec. 3.400. Permit Application Processing. 

SEC. 3.400. PERMIT APPLICATION 
PROCESSING. 

(a) EQUAL TREATMENT OF PERMIT 
APPLICANTS. It shall be the policy of the 
Department of Building Inspection, the Planning 
Department, the Department of Public Works and the 
officers and employees of such departments to treat all 
permit applicants the same regardless of the 
relationship of the applicant and/or the applicant's 
representatives to any officer or employee of the City 
and County and regardless of whether the applicant 
hires a permit consultant to provide permit consulting 
services. Intentional preferential treatment of any 
permit applicant and/or the applicant's representatives 
by any officer or employee of the Department of 
Building Inspection, the Planning Department, or the 
Department of Public Works shall subject the officer or 
employee to disciplinary action for official misconduct. 

(b) APPLICATION PRIORITY. It shall be the 
policy of the Department of Building Inspection, the 
Planning Department, the Department of Public Works 
and the officers and employees of such departments to 
review, consider, and process all applications, 
revisions, corrections and other permit-related material 
in the order in which that type of material is received 
unless there is a written finding of a public policy basis 
for not doing so, such as the involvement of public 
funds in the project for which the permit is sought, or 
the response to a delay caused by an earlier procedural 
error in processing the permit or another permit for the 
same project. Absent such a finding, any officer or 
employee of the Department of Building Inspection, the 
Planning Department, the or Department of Public 



Works who intentionally fails to review, consider and 
process all applications, revisions, corrections and 
other permit-related material in the order in which that 
type of material is received shall be subject to 
disciplinary action for official misconduct. The 
Department of Building Inspection, the Planning 
Department, and the Department of Public Works shall 
each adopt written guidelines for determining when 
there is a public policy basis for processing permit 
material out of order. 

(c) PERMIT PROCESSING CODE OF 
CONDUCT. No later than 60 days after the effective 
date of this Article, the Ethics Commission shall adopt 
a code of conduct for permit processing (the "Permit 
Processing Code of Conduct") containing ethical 
guidelines for permit applicants, permit consultants, 
and officers and employees of the Department of 
Building Inspection, the Planning Department, the and 
Depaniment of Public Works. The Permit Processing 
Code of Conduct shall be posted in a conspicuous place 
in each department, and a copy shall be distributed to 
each officer of the City and County who makes or 
participates in making decisions related to permit 
applications. 

(d) EFFECTIVE DATE. The provisions of this 
Section shall take effect December 15, 2004. (Added 
by Ord. 1 15-04, File No. 040907, App. 7/1/2004) 



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ATTACHMENT C 



ETHICS COMMISSION 
CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO 

Permit Processing Code of Conduct 

(adopted by Ethics Commission January 10, 2005) 

Preamble 

The people of San Francisco are entitled to fair and equitable processes for the review and approval of permit 
applications by City departments. To this end and pursuant to Section 3.400(c) of the San Francisco Campaign and 
Governmental Conduct Code, the Ethics Commission adopts this Permit Processing Code of Conduct to guide the 
Department of Building Inspection, the Planning Department and the Department of Public Works, and members 
of the public who use their services. 

For the Staff 

As an employee or officer working on matters related to permits issued by the Department of Building 
Inspection, the Planning Department or the Department of Public Works, I will be honest in my dealings with permit 
applicants, permit consultants, members of the public and my colleagues. I will enforce compliance with Building, 
Planning and Public Works Codes and requirements in a consistent manner. 

For the Public 

I will be sensitive to the fact that officers and employees of the City must adhere to laws and rules that govern 
their conduct and I will respect their procedures. I will provide full, clear and accurate information to the officers 
and employees of the City. 



30 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 3900 • San Francisco, CA 94102-6027 • Phone (415) 581-2300 • Fax (415) 581-23 17 
E-Mail Address: ethics.commission@sfgov.org » Web site: sfgov.org/ethics 

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SAN FRANCISCO PLANNING DEPARTMENT 

1660 Mission Street, Suite 500 San Francisco, California 94103 www.sfgov.org/planning 



DATE 
TITLE 



DIRECTOR'S BULLETIN No. 2006-02 
September 28, 2006 (Revised) 
Planning Department Application Processing Guidelines 



PURPOSE : This Bulletin provides Planning Department guidelines to 

ensure that no appearance of or actual preferential treatment 
is given to applicants, except for certain priorities identified 
in this policy, in accord with legislation adopted by the Board 
of Supervisors. 

The guidelines established herein are meant to ensure that all project applicants receive equitable treatment, and 
that the Planning Department reviews applications in the order received, except for certain designated priority 
applications described below. This is in accordance with the requirements of San Francisco Campaign and 
Government Conduct Code Section 3.400, effective December 15, 2004, and with the Permit Processing Code of 
Conduct adopted by the Ethics Commission on January 10, 2005. 

This Bulletin is issued in conjunction with similar Bulletins from the Department of Public Works and the 
Department of Building Inspection. It is the intent of the Departments implementing this policy that the review of 
applications be conducted in an orderly, fair and efficient manner, yet with sufficient flexibility to allow the 
resolution of problems that may occur in the course of the process. 



REFERENCES: 



DISCUSSION: 



Ordinance 115-04 

San Francisco Campaign and Government Conduct Code, Section 3.400 "Permit Application 
Processing" 



These policies and procedures relate to assignment, initial processing, review and analysis of all project 
applications, and to revisions, addenda and corrections submitted subsequent to initial applications. In general, the 
Planning Department will process applications of all types in the chronological order received. However, because 
the Department's organizational structure utilizes geographic sections that have different workloads and staffing 
levels, applications that were filed consecutively may have different processing times. Further, under the guidelines 
provided herein, some applications may be expedited in order to advance identified policy goals of the City, or to 
remedy procedural errors. 



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PRIORITY CRITERIA 

All applications received by the Planning Department shall be assigned, reviewed, and completed in the order 
received, except in the following cases: 

Type 1: Applications for Green Building s 

Building construction projects that meet or exceed a Gold Rating using the LEED Building Rating System® adopted 
under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program of the U.S. Green Building Council (or that 
achieve high sustainability standards under other "green building" rating systems approved by the Director) qualify 
as Type 1 Applications. 

Type 2: Applications for Certain Affordable Housing Projects 

Applications for projects that provide new affordable housing in 100 per cent of the on-site dwelling units (where 
such units are rented or sold at the economic levels defined in Planning Code Section 315 and in the Procedures 
Manual adopted by the Mayor's Office of Housing) qualify as Type 2 Applications. 

Type 3; Applications for Large Grocery Stores 

Applications to construct retail grocery facilities with gross floor areas of 25,000 square feet or larger qualify as 
Type 3 Applications. 

Type 4; Other Applications 

Type 4 Applications are those requiring review for: 

1 . Necessary emergency work to secure the health or safety of building users or the public, either on private 
property or on the public right-of-way, as determined by the Director. 

2. Work consisting solely of disabled access improvements. 

3 . Work consisting solely of maintenance or repair of designated historic buildings and/or sites that are subject 
to the requirements of Article 10, or defined as Category I or U buildings in Article 1 1, of the Planning Code. 

4. Work consisting solely of the installation of renewable energy features. 

5. Work consisting solely of applications previously delayed due to procedural errors by a City agency in 
processing the application. 

6. Work solely to comply with official Department of Public Works, Planning Department, or Department of 
Building Inspection actions to abate public nuisances as identified by those Departments. 

7. Work on City owned or leased properties when such priority application review is specified in a written 
agreement between the Planning Department and such other City agencies. 

8. Revisions and corrections that are minor in nature and would not require more than one staff-hour to review 
and process. 



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9. Submittals of applications, revisions and addenda pursuant to decisions of the Planning Commission, the Board 
of Appeals, the Board of Supervisors, or other review or appeals body that are minor in nature and would not require 
more than one staff-hour to review and process. 

10. Applications for other projects, whether administrative or discretionary, for which, in the judgment of the 
Director, urgent or extraordinary circumstances exist such that review of the application could lead to a significant 
public benefit or necessity, when such circumstances are documented in written findings. 

PROCEDURES FOR TYPE TYPES 1, 2 AND 3 

Documentation of Findings for Priority Application Processing 

All type 1, 2 and 3 Types of priority application processing shall be documented using a standard form developed 
by the Planning Department (see Attachment A) that includes written findings of conformity with one of the Types 
described above. This document shall be prepared and submitted by the applicant. 

A copy of the documentation of priority processing shall remain with the Planning application, and the original shall 
be maintained in a chronological file under the supervision of the Zoning Administrator's Office and shall be 
available for review at the Public Information Counter at any time during normal Department working hours. 

Applications approved for priority processing shall be so designated in the Department's case editing and permit 
tracking system(s). 

The applicant's obligations to provide the proposed use or features described in the application shall be 
memorialized as Conditions of Approval, and shall be recorded as Notices of Special Restrictions with the County 
Recorder's Office, in a form approved by the Zoning Administrator. 

Performance Assurance for Green Buildings 

Type 1 building construction projects are those that meet or exceed a Gold Rating using the LEED Building Rating 
System®.' The initial application for such projects must be accompanied by an agreement, in a form prepared and 
executed by the Department of the Environment. The agreement shall be accompanied by the LEED® checklist to 
specify the elements of the project required to obtain the LEED® Gold Rating, and shall include a processing fee 
as required by the Department of the Environment. Prior to the Department's determination of acceptance or 
rejection of the project for Priority Processing, the applicant shall meet with the SF Green Team, comprising 
technical staff from the affected reviewing agencies, to describe the project. 

The applicant's obligations under this agreement shall be memorialized as Conditions of Approval, and shall be 
recorded as Notices of Special Restrictions with the County Recorder's Office, in a form approved by the Zoning 
Administrator. Those conditions shall require that the project's site permit application be accompanied by a Design 
Phase Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, and that Final LEED® Certification be obtained with a 
Gold Rating within six months of issuance of the first Certificate of Occupancy, Certificate of Final Completion, 
or permit sign-off signifying completion, if such certificates are not issued. 



' The LEED® Gold Rating shall apply to New Construction (NC), Existing Building (EB), Commercial Interior 
(CI) and other categories adapted by the United States Green Building Council. 

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Assignment and Initial Review Times 

For Priority Application Processing of Types 1, 2 and 3, target time lines of two weeks shall be established for 
assignment (the elapsed time between arrival of an application at the Department and its assignment to and receipt 
by a Planner). Target time lines of two weeks shall be established for initial review, the elapsed time between 
assignment, and the planner's first review of the application for project scope and application completeness. 

If the volume of qualified applications approved for priority processing and the level of the Department's staffing 
preclude meeting the required time limits for assignment and/or review, then the Applicant will be informed that 
the expedited review program has reached its capacity, and will have the option to apply for review under normal 
time lines, or to have the application placed on a priority review waiting list, until staff becomes available for 
assignment to a priority application. 

Applicants with projects approved for priority processing, who have submitted incomplete applications, shall be 
notified in writing following initial review. Priority applications, once complete, shall be processed efficiently, with 
as little delay as possible, based on staff availability. 

PROCEDURES FOR TYPE 4 

The majority of Type 4 applications may be approved at the Planning Information Counter, and in those instances, 
no special procedures would be employed. In instances where more detailed review is required, Planners may 
process Type 4 applications out of order where the project is in clear conformity with the standards for priority 
processing, or when the project scope is minor in nature and would not require more than one hour to review and 
process. 

When questions arise whether a specific project qualifies for the applicability of those standards to, Planners should 
refer the priority-processing request to their supervisors for a determination. 

QUALITY ASSURANCE PROCEDURES 

The assignment of applications for review by the Planning Department shall be subject to periodic review, not less 
than quarterly, by senior staff as designated by the Planning Director. The Director shall review these procedures 
on an annual basis, to confirm that the intent of this policy is fulfilled, and to make changes as necessary to optimize 
the efficient and fair review of applications submitted to the Department. 

Approved: 
Dean L. Macris 
Director of Planning 

Attachment A: Documentation of Findings for Priority Application Processing 
Attachment B: SF Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code, Section 3.400 
Attachment C: Permit Processing Code of Conduct 



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Attachment A: SAN FRANCISCO PLANNING DEPARTMENT 

1660 Mission Street, Suite 500 San Francisco, California 94103 www.sfgov.org/planning 



Documentation of Findings for Priority Application Processing 



This form shall accompany all requests for Priority Application Processing. (NOTE: Boldface items to be completed by the Applicant) A 
copy shall be maintained at the Planning Departments's Planning Information Counter as part of the permanent records of the findings for 
priority application processing. 



Received Date: 



Time 



Type &/or Permit Application Nos. 

Property Address: 

Block(s) & Lot(s): 

Zoning: 



Bldg Code Occupancy Group: 
Description of Proposed Work 



Height & Bulk District 
Proposed Use: 



APPLICANT'S DECLARATION: I hereby declare that the information I have provided is accurate to the best of my knowledge and that 
I intend to complete the project described herein in compliance with the requirements for Priority Processing of Applications described in 
Director's Bulletin 2006-02. 



SIGNATURE OF APPLICANT 



DATE 



PRINT NAME OF APPLICANT PHONE NUMBER 

Findings/Basis for Priority Application Review (conformity with Director's Bulletin 2006-02) 
circle Type: 12 3 4 Other 

Item # & Description 

Findings: 



(circle one:) 



Accepted 



PRINT NAME OF PLANNER 



PRINT TITLE OF PLANNER 



Rejected by: 



PLANNER(S) ASSIGNED TO APPLICATION(S) 
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SIGNATURE OF PLANNER 



DATE 



PHONE NUMBER 



Date 



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ATTACHMENT E 



Department of Public Works 

Office of the Director 

City Hall, Room 348 

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place 

San Francisco, CA 94102-4645 



DPW ORDER NO. 175,487 



ESTABLISHING POLICY AND GUIDELINES FOR DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS 
PERMIT PROCESSING PRIORITY. 

I: PURPOSE 



The purpose of this Order is to establish guidelines to ensure that permit applicants receive equal treatment, that 
permits are reviewed in the order received by the Department of Public Works, or reviewed in conformity to a policy 
that allows for alternative, priority processing of applications. This Order is in accordance with the requirements 
of San Francisco Campaign and Government Conduct Code Section 3.400, effective December 15, 2004, and 
supplements the Permit Processing Code of Conduct adopted by the Ethics Commission on January 10, 2005. This 
Director's Order recognizes the need for a policy that addresses such priority, necessity, efficiency and/or practical 
feasibility necessary to deliver customer service founded upon a basis of equal treatment to all applicants. 

II: REFERENCE 



San Francisco Public Works Code 
Standing Director's Orders 

Ordinance 115-04, Amends San Francisco Campaign and Government Conduct Code, Section 3.400 "Permit 
Application Processing." 

Ill: MANDATE OF POLICY 



This Director's Order provides guidelines for the implementation of legislation adopted by the Board of Supervisors 
to ensure that DPW, as a City Permitting Department, conducts its operations so that no appearance or actual 
preferential treatment is given to any permit applicant while allowing for a policy that considers priority, necessity, 
efficiency, and practical feasibility in the issuance of permits, 

IV: PROCEDURAL APPLICABILITY 



These procedures relate to assignment of permit applications and initial processing as well as to permit revisions 
and/or corrections submitted to the Department of Public Works through to the final permit issuance. The 
Department of Public Works recognizes that strict chronological review is infeasible for all permits following initial 
acceptance and, further, that employees need to exercise reasonable discretion in all permit review and issuance 
activities in order to fulfill the Department's customer service responsibilities. 

When questions arise regarding this process, employees shall consult with their supervisors. Adherence to this 
Order allows alternatives to the strict chronological order of permit processing and issuance. 



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V: GUIDELINES FOR PERMIT PROCESSING AND ISSUANCE 



Permit applications shall be entered into the permit database, assigned to staff for review, and reviewed in the order 
in which they are received in accordance with Rule 1 , except as detailed for priority permits as set forth under Rule 
2, 3, and 4A & 43. A determination by Department of Public Works' Senior Staff as to whether priority permit 
review is acceptable will be made upon request by project sponsors, their representatives, or at such times as the 
Department becomes aware of a potential priority situation, such as clerical error or cases of less complexity, 
whereas the applicant's request is not required. 

DEFINITIONS: 

Rule 1 All permits shall be processed and approved in the chronological order of date and time received. 

Following an initial review in accordance with the guidelines established in this Order, permit applications 
may be placed on hold, routed to other divisions of DPW or other City agencies, issued, or disapproved 
pursuant to the Public Works Code and other adopted Orders, polices and procedures. 

Rule 2 provides a listing of categories of permits eligible for consideration for priority review. 

Rule 3 addresses issues related to the priority and review of revisions and of other materials submitted after initial 
permit acceptance and review, as well as issues related to final processing and issuance of permits. 

Rule 4A recognizes the concept of "lesser" permit complexity review requirements and "greater" permit review 
complexity, including listing types of permits. 

Rule 4B allows consideration be given due to the availability of qualified and/or authorized personnel to review 
and issue permits. 

DETAILED INFORMATION: 

Rule 1 Permit application, data entry, assignment to staff, and review shall be chronologically assigned for plan 
review and processing by Department of Public Works staff based on date/time of permit filing, except 
as detailed in cases below. 

Rule 2 Permit applications for the following types of work may be given priority assignment for plan review and 
issuance. Each such case must be individually evaluated and approved in writing by the DPW Director 
or his/her designee: 

1 . Permits for necessary emergency work to secure the health or safety of building users or the public 
related to or occupying the public right-of-way (PROW). 

2. Permits for construction work that utilizes public flinds for any part of such work. 

3. Permit for work on City-owned or leased properties when such priority permit review is specified 
in a written agreement between the Department of Public Works and such other City agencies. 

4. Permits for work consisting solely for disabled access improvements. 

5. Permits for maintenance or preservation of designated historic publicly owned areas. 

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6. Permits for work in the PROW in conjunction with buildings that meet or exceed LEED rating high 
efficiency "green" building under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program of 
the U.S. Green Building Council). 

7. Permits to respond to delay caused by an earlier procedural error by DPW in processing the permit 
or processing another permit for the same project. 

8. Permits submitted to comply with Notices of Violation, Orders of Abatement, or any Notices to 
Repair, other official Department of Public Works enforcement, or abatement notices. 

9. Permits for other work for which there is a significant public benefit or necessity. 

Revisions and other materials submitted to the Department of Public Works during the permit review 
process must be reviewed in the order in which such types of materials are received. Such submittal 
materials include revisions, corrections, addenda, and other materials related to an active permit. Certain 
exceptions to the strict chronological review and processing sequence are allowed when: 



1 . Procedural errors by DPW cause a processing delay in the permit review. 

2. Materials lost or misplaced by DPW are being replaced. 

3. Permit revisions are submitted pursuant to decision of the Board of Appeals or other review or 
appeals body. 

4. Revisions, corrections or other submittals are minor in nature and do not unreasonably delay the 
review, consideration, or processing of other such materials that are in queue. 

5. Revisions for permits for work for which there is a significant public benefit or necessity. 

Rule 4A Applications related to the use of the public right-of-way (PROW) encompass more than 22 distinct 
permits where the process time between review and issuance may vary from minutes to years. "Less" 
complex permits may be reviewed and issued prior to "greater" complexity as a matter of Department 
efficiency and service to the public. The following categories classify several DPW permits into the 
appropriate "lesser" and "greater" groupings based upon typical review times. Permits not listed are 
subject to Rules 1, 2, and/or 3. 



LESSER COMPLEXITY 


Temporary Occupancy 


Excavation Side Sewer 


Cafe Tables/Chairs 
Renewals 


Street Space Occupancy 
Additional Street Occupancy 


Underground/Tank Removal 


Street-Use Banners 


Mobile Storage Container 
Municipal Excavation 
Permits 


Boring/ Monitoring Well 


Minor/Sidewalk 
Encroachment Related to 
Existing Conditions 


Debris Box 

Sign Posting Registration 


Display Merchandise Renewal 


Permit Renewals/Extensions 



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Major Encroachment 



Sidewalk Underground Vault Encroachment 



Rule 4B DPW employees may possess various professional licenses necessary to perform the duties of their job 
classification. Also, DPW employees are granted differing levels of authority to process and approve a 
variety of permits. Rule 4B recognizes that the availability of licensed or authorized person may restrict 
the Department's ability to process and approve a variety of permits in strict chronological order. Thus, 
this policy allows that permits may be processed and issued considering the availability of authorized 
personnel to do so. 

DOCUMENTATION OF FINDINGS OF BASIS FOR PRIORITY PERMIT PROCESSING 

All rules for priority permit processing, except procedural correction, lost document replacement, and Rules 4A and 
4B, shall be documented [See Attachment A], including written findings demonstrating conformity to one of the 
listed provisions. The documentation may be approved only by the Director of the Department of Public Works, 
a Senior Manager, Deputy Bureau Manager or other designated Staff person. The documentation of priority permit 
processing shall be maintained in a chronological file at the DPW Permit Manager's Office located presently in 
Room 460, 875 Stevenson Street. Records are available for review to any member of the public or staff at any time 
during regular business upon request. 

QUALITY ASSURANCE PROCEDURES 

The assignment of permit applications for review by Department of Public Works staff shall be subject to periodic 
monthly review, by a Senior Staff person. Bureau Representative or persons designated by the Director. 
Documentation of actions that do not conform to this Order, or other procedures issued by the Director, or other 
official policies of the City shall be investigated and, if deemed appropriate by the Director, disciplinary action shall 
be taken as detailed in the Civil Service Rules. 



APPROVED: 
Edwin M. Lee 
Director of Public Works 

RECOMMENDED: 
Barbara L. Moy 
Bureau Manager 
Street Use and Mapping 



RECOMMENDED: 

Robert P. Beck 

Deputy Director for Engineering 



APPROVED: JUNE 22, 2005 



EDWIN M. LEE, DIRECTOR 



Attachment A: Document of Priority Permit Processing 

Attachment B: SF Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code Section 3.400 

Attachment C: Permit Processing Code of Conduct 



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ATTACHMENT A 

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS 

City and County of San Francisco 
875 Stevenson Street, Room 460 

Documentation of Findings for Priority Permit Processing 

A copy of this form shall be maintained in the DPW Permit Office as part of the permanent records of the findings for priority permit 
processing at 875 Stevenson Street, Room 460. 

Received on Date: Time 

Permit Application #: _____^_^ 



Property Address: 

Block and Lot: / Permit Type: Use: 

Description of Proposed Work: 



Findings/Basis for Priority Permit Review: 
Other (circle one) Rule 2, or Rule 3 

Item #: 



Comments: 



Priority Permit Review Requested By: 
Approved By: 



Print name: Title: 



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ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 



NO. AB-005 
DATE 
SUBJECT 
TITLE 



September 18, 2002 (Updated 01/01/2008 for code references) 

Plan Review; and Permit Process 

Procedures for Approval of Local Equivalencies 



PURPOSE 



REFERENCE 



DISCUSSION 



The purpose of this Administrative Bulletin is to detail the procedures to be used for the 
application and case-by-case review of requests for approval of equivalencies, when work 
is proposed which does not strictly comply with the provisions of the 2007 San Francisco 
Building, Electrical, Mechanical, or Plumbing Codes. Requests for approval of 
modifications or alternates will be considered by the Department of Building Inspection 
and, when applicable, the Fire Department on a case-by-case basis when reasonable 
equivalency is proposed. 

2007 San Francisco Building Code - Section 104A, Organization and Enforcement 

- Section 104A.2.7, Modification 

- Section 104A.2.8, Alternate materials, alternate design and methods of construction 
DBl Administrative Bulletin AB-042, Board of Examiners: Request for Variance, 

New Materials, or Alternate Methods of Construction 
DBI Administrative Bulletin AB-028, Pre-application and Pre-Addendum Plan 
Review Procedures 

Project sponsors may request the application of standard local equivalencies, as detailed 
in various Administrative Bulletins, or approval of other alternates when it can be 
demonstrated on a case-by-case basis that there are practical difficulties in meeting the 
specific provisions of the codes, that the modification is in conformance with the intent and 
purpose of the codes, and that reasonable equivalency is provided in fire-protection and 
structural integrity. 



Project sponsors may request the application of standard local equivalencies, as detailed in various Administrative 
Bulletins, or approval of other alternates when it can be demonstrated on a case-by-case basis that there are practical 
difficulties in meeting the specific provisions of the codes, that the modification is in conformance with the intent 
and purpose of the codes, and that reasonable equivalency is provided in fire-protection and structural integrity. 

Proposed modifications may be administratively approved by the Departments if they conform to the standard 
provisions of Local Equivalency. Other modifications and applications for use of alternate materials, designs and 
methods of construction may be administratively approved or may be referred to the Board of Examiners or other 
review body as appropriate. 



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Based upon individual building and property conditions, the Department of Building Inspection and other City 

departments, such as the Fire Department, may impose requirements in addition to those proposed by the project 

sponsor when approving any request for use of a standard Local Modification, code modification or alternate 

material, design or method of construction. Additionally, the Department of Building Inspection or 

any other City agency may require that additional substantiation be provided supporting any claims made for such 

proposals. 

Procedure for Application for Local Equivalencies 

Project sponsors wishing to apply for local equivalencies must fill out and submit the Request for Approval of Local 
Equivalency form (Attachment A). Fees are required to be paid as noted on that form. 

Review Procedures for Application for Local Equivalencies 

The Department of Building Inspection and the Fire Department, when applicable, will conduct review meetings 
as required to consider requests for the approval of Local Equivalencies, Modifications and Alternates. At such 
review meetings each request will be either approved, approved v/ith conditions, disapproved, referred to another 
official body, or placed on "Hold" pending submittal of additional information. Upon approval of the local 
equivalency, a copy of the signed form approving the equivalency and indicating any conditions of approval will 
be attached to the submittal documents as part of the permanent record of the project, and a copy will be sent to the 
project sponsor. 

Please note that the Board of Examiners reviews requests for variances and requests for approval of certain new 
materials, methods, and types of construction. The Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals Board considers 
requests concerning structural provisions related to unreinforced masonry buildings. The Access Appeals 
Commission considers requests for equivalencies for issues related to disabled access. 

A ppeals 

Determinations of the staff of the Department of Building Inspection regarding local equivalencies may be 
administratively brought for further review to the Deputy Director and the Director of the Department of Building 
Inspection. Determinations of the Director may be appealed to the Building Inspection Commission or other 
designated appeal body. 

Approved by the Building Inspection Commission on September 18, 2002 

Originally signed by: 

Gary Massetani, Fire Marshal 

October 9, 2002 

Frank Y. Chiu, Director 
October 3, 2002 

Attachment A: Request for Approval of Local Equivalency 



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ATTACHMENT A 



DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING INSPECTION 

City & County of San Francisco 

1660 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94103-2414 



REQUEST FOR APPROVAL OF LOCAL EQUIVALENCY FOR MODIFICATION 
OR ALTERNATE MATERIALS, DESIGN OR METHODS OF CONSTRUCTION 



DATE SUBMITTED 



[Note: This form shall be recorded as part of the 
permanent construction records of the property] 



If no permit application has been filed, a Preapplication Review Fee is required for review of a request for local 
equivalency or modification, per SFBC Table 1-B, Item 8. Additional fees may be required by Fire Department and 
other City review agencies. 

If a permit application has been filed, no additional fees are required for this review. 

Permit Application # 

Property Address: 

Block and Lot: I Occupancy Group: Type of Construction: No. of Stories: 



Describe Use of Building 



Under the authority of the 2007 San Francisco Building Code, Sections 104A.2.7 and 104A.2.8; the 2007 San 
Francisco Mechanical Code, Section 108.7; the 2007 San Francisco Electrical Code, Section 089.16; and the 2007 
San Francisco Plumbing Code, Section 108.7; the undersigned requests modifications of the provisions of these 
codes and/or approval of alternate materials, designs or methods of construction. Two copies of supporting 
documents, including plans showing the proposed modifications or alternate materials, design or methods of 
construction, are attached. 



Regular Code Requirement (specify Code and Sections) 



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Case-by-Case Basis of Request - Describe the practical difficulties presented in meeting the specific conditions of 
the code and how the proposed modification or alternate meets the intent of the code. A separate form should be 
filled for each requested modification or alternate. Attach copies of any Administrative Bulletin, Code Ruling, 
reference, test reports, expert opinions, etc., which support this request. The Department may require that an 
approved consultant be hired by the applicant to perform tests or analysis and to submit an evaluation report to the 
Department for consideration. 



Requested by: 
Print Name: 
Signature: 
Telephone: 



PROJECT SPONSOR 



ARCHITECT/ENGINEER 



[PROFESSIONAL 
STAMP HERE] 



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PLAN REVIEWER COMMENTS: 



RECOMMENDATIONS: Approve Approve with conditions Disapprove 

[signed off/dated by:] 

Plan Reviewer: 

Division Manager: 

for Director of 

Bldg. Inspection 

for Fire Marshal: 



CONDITIONS OF APPROVAL or OTHER COMMENTS 



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AB-006 



ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 



NO. AB-006 
DATE 
SUBJECT 
TITLE 



July 16, 1997 (Updated 01/01/2008 code references) 

Disabled Access 

Accessible Restrooms Located within a Reasonable Distance 



PURPOSE 



REFERENCE 



DISCUSSION 



; The purpose of this Bulletin is to establish guidelines for resolving conflicts between 
fixture count requirements and requirements for number of restrooms required to be made 
accessible in connection with alteration projects, and for defining "reasonable distance" 
in the application of these requirements. 

: 2007 San Francisco Building Code 

- Section 1 134B - Accessibility for Existing Buildings 

- Section 202 - Unreasonable Hardship defined 

- Section 1 1 15B - Bathing and Toilet Facilities 

- Appendix Chapter 29, Table A-29-A - Minimum Plumbing Fixtures 

It is the intent of the following interpretation and policy to establish a standard for 
resolving conflicts that arise when existing restrooms can only be made accessible by 
either (1) reducing the number of fixtures provided to a number that is less than that 
required in the San Francisco Building Code Appendix Chapter 29, Table A-29-A, or (2) 
expanding restrooms into space that is leased or not otherwise under the control of the 
applicant or the building owner. 

San Francisco Building Code, Section 1 134B requires that, in the absence of an unreasonable hardship, restrooms 
serving a specific area of alteration must comply with accessibility requirements. Such compliance is often difficult 
to achieve because of lack of space available in existing restrooms to create an accessible stall without removing 
one or more existing plumbing fixtures. This may result in a potential conflict with other code requirements for 
number of plumbing fixtures. The Department policy is that accessibility requirements supersede fixture count 
requirements; however, it is the intent of the Department to reconcile these two requirements whenever possible. 

San Francisco Building Code, Section 1115 B.l contains an exception that allows equivalent facilitation to be 
provided by an accessible restroom facility located within a "reasonable distance". Guidelines for the determination 
of what constitutes a "reasonable distance" are provided herein by the Department. 



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It is the ruling of the Department that an unreasonable hardship request may be granted for existing restrooms when 
one of the following conditions applies: 

(1) there is no space available for expansion necessary to create the required dimensions based upon legal 
constraints, such as binding leases with adjoining tenants, or physical constraints, such as fixed structural elements, 
or the cost of restroom expansion constitutes a financial hardship, 

OR 

(2) the only reasonable option to restroom expansion is to reduce the number of fixtures below the number 
required in the San Francisco Building Code based on occupant load. 

Documentation of these conditions shall be provided to the Department on the Documentation of Unreasonable 
Hardship form. 

REQUIREMENTS FOR EQUIVALENT FACILITATION 

The Department may grant an Unreasonable Hardship request vv'hen, on the story on which disabled access is 
required, toilet rooms are provided within 150' of the area of remodel. When a restroom within this distance is 
designated the equivalent facilitation solution, it shall be on an accessible path of travel and it shall comply with 
all accessibility requirements. Signage shall be provided at the restroom nearest the area of remodel directing 
persons with disabilities to the fully accessible facility. 

Approved by the Building Inspection Commission on July 16, 1997 

Originally signed by: 
Frank Y. Chiu, Director 
July 18, 1997 



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AB-007 



ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 



NO. AB-007 
DATE 
SUBJECT 
TITLE 



July 18, 1997 (Updated 01/01/2008 for code references) 

Disabled Access 

High-Top Van Parking Equivalent Facilitation 



REFERENCES 



DISCUSSION 



PURPOSE : To establish acceptable equivalent facilitation standards for existing parking structures that 

are required to be made accessible in connection with alteration projects. but that do not 
meet current code requirements for 8'2" vertical clearances for high-top vans. 

2007 San Francisco Building Code 

- Section 202 - Unreasonable Hardship Defined 

- Section 1 130B, Exception 1 

It is the policy of the Department that, when existing covered parking facilities do not meet 
current code requirements for vertical clearance, the building may meet one of the 
following alternate requirements. If these alternates are not applicable, relief may be 
granted by the Access Appeals Commission. 

a) If the required number of non-van accessible spaces is provided within the structure, and if all those spaces 
comply with all other requirements, equivalent facilitation would allow the required number of van accessible 
spaces to be accommodated at another location in the building that meets the 8'2" vertical clearance requirements. 
Examples of other building locations include covered loading dock areas and covered passenger loading zones. An 
accessible path-of-travel must be provided from such alternate location to an accessible building entrance. Detailed 
signage shall be provided directing the driver to such alternate parking location. 

OR 

b) If the required number of accessible spaces is provided within the structure, and if all of those spaces 
comply with all other requirements, equivalent facilitation would allow the required number of van accessible 
spaces to be accommodated by written arrangement with a parking structure that meets the vertical clearance 
requirements and is located within 300 feet in any direction from the building. Detailed signage shall be provided 
directing the driver to the designated parking facility. An accessible path-of-travel shall be provided between the 
two facilities. 



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Submittal of a Documentation of Unreasonable Hardship form, must be accompanied by a copy of a written 
agreement between the agents for the building and the parking structure and by information which documents that 
strict compliance with code requirements cannot be met without creating an unreasonable hardship as defined under 
San Francisco Building Code, Section 202. Where the cost of alternations over a three-year period exceeds the 
valuation threshold, this equivalency may be reconsidered as part of an Unreasonable Hardship Request 
accompanying subsequent remodeling permits. 

Approved by the Building Inspection Commission on July 16, 1997 

Originally signed by: 
Frank Y. Chiu, Director 
July 18, 1997 



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AB-008 



ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 



NO. AB-008 
DATE 
SUBJECT 
TITLE 



July 18, 1997 (Updated 01/01/2008 for code references) 

Disabled Access 

Elevator Cab Size Equivalent Facilitation 



PURPOSE 



REFERENCES : 



DISCUSSION : 



The purpose of this Bulletin is to establish acceptable equivalent facilitation cab 
dimensions for elevators that do not meet current code dimensions and which serve areas 
of remodel in existing buildings. 

2007 San Francisco Building Code 

- Section 202 - Unreasonable Hardship defined 

- Section 1 134B - Accessibility for Existing Buildings 

- Section 1124A.3, 1116B.1.1, 1 11 6B.1. 8 - Size of Cab and Control Locations 

It is the intent of the following interpretation and policy to establish the dimensions for 
elevator cabs that will be acceptable to the Department as equivalent facilitation if an 
unreasonable hardship exists in enlarging elevators in existing buildings. Approval of this 
equivalency must be through the Unreasonable Hardship Request process; each hardship 
request will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis based upon documented physical, legal, 
and financial constraints. 



Section 1134B.2.1 requires that the primary path-of-travel to any specific area of alteration must comply with 
accessibility requirements. When the area of alteration is on a floor above or below the first story, and when the 
area of alteration is served by an existing elevator, it is common for the elevator cab to be smaller inside than is 
required by current code. Full compliance with current codes requires an elevator cab with a center opening door 
to have inside dimensions of 54" x 80", while an elevator cab with a side opening door must provide dimensions 
of 54" X 68". Sections 1 124A.3, exception and 1 1 16B.1.1, exception 1 states that when an unreasonable hardship 
exists, equivalent facilitation is acceptable when it can be demonstrated that a person using a wheelchair can enter 
and operate the elevator. 

This Administrative Bulletin gives examples of car dimensions that can be approved administratively by the 
Department of Building Inspection through the Unreasonable Hardship Request process by meeting equivalent 
facilitation requirements. Ratification or consideration by the Access Appeals Commission would not normally be 
required in these cases. 



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Equivalent Facilitation 

In existing buildings, where it would create an unreasonable hardship to replace an elevator cab or rebuild an 
elevator shaft to achieve current cab-size dimensions, any one of the following conditions may be considered as 
providing equivalent facilitation. This exception applies only to the elevator cab-size. All other accessible features 
serving the elevator, including but not limited to control placement, graphics, handrails, and visible and audible 
signals, must fully comply with current code. Additionally, a minor of at least 100 square inches must be mounted 
in a location to allow wheelchair users who back out of the elevator to view the exit path-of-travel from the elevator. 

1 . If the existing elevator provides a 5 foot (60") diameter turning circle, as measured from the floor of the car 
to a height of 27 inches, and all other accessible features of Sections 1 124A.3 and 1 116B.1 are provided except the 
cab-size dimensions, then an exception may be granted. 

2. If the existing elevator interior cab least dimension is not less than 54" (i.e., 54" x 54" is the minimum size), 
and all other accessible features of Section 1 124A.3 and 11 1 6B. 1 are provided except the cab-size dimensions, then 
an exception may be granted. In some cases under this condition, an additional control panel for side reach may 
be required to accommodate the full range of people who might use the elevator. Documentation of the usability 
of the cab shall be provided in the form of photographs and an affidavit from a knowledgeable user of large 
motorized or full-sized wheelchairs. 

3. Other cab size dimensions may be considered on a case-by-case basis for administrative approval by the 
Department. Such alternatives may require ratification by or appeal to the Access Appeals Commission. 

Approved by the Building Inspection Commission on July 16, 1997 

Originally signed by: 
Frank Y. Chiu, Director 
July 18, 1997 



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AB-009 



ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 



NO. AB-009 
DATE 
SUBJECT 
TITLE 



September 18, 2002 (Updated 01/01/2008 for code references) 

Fire and Life Safety 

Local Equivalency for Approval of New Openings in New and Existing Building 
Property Line Walls 



REFERENCE 



PURPOSE : The purpose of this Administrative Bulletin is to provide standards and procedures for the 

application and case-by-case review of requests for a modification based on local 
equivalency to allow openings in exterior walls closer to property lines than are permitted 
by the 2007 San Francisco Building Code (SFBC). 

This bulletin permits the continuing application of code provisions of former editions of 
the SFBC regarding property line openings. In conformance with current State law, 
requests for approval of openings closer to the property line than permitted under the 
SFBC will be considered on a case-by-case basis when reasonable equivalency is proposed. 

; 2007 San Francisco Building Code 

- Section 104A.2.7, Modification 

- Section 104A.2.8, Alternate materials, alternate design and methods of construction 

- Section 704.8 Allowable Area of Openings 

DBI Administrative Bulletin AB-005, Procedures for Approval of Local Equivalencies. 
San Francisco Administrative Code Article 5, Section 23.47, Lot Line Window 

Agreements 

Project sponsors may request the application of this local equivalency allowing openings 
in building walls closer to property lines than allowed by SFBC Section 704.8 when it can 
be demonstrated on a case-by-case basis that there are practical difficulties in meeting the 
provisions of the code, that the modification is in conformance with the intent and purpose 
of the code, and that reasonable equivalency is provided in fire protection and structural 
integrity. 

Such proposed modification may conform with the below listed standard provisions. The Department of Building 
Inspection (DBI) and other City departments may impose additional requirements in the approval of any request 
for a code modification or alternate based upon individual building and property conditions. Other City agencies 
that may review such requests include the San Francisco Fire Department, the Planning Department and, for 
buildings adjoining City-owned property, the Department of Real Estate. 



DISCUSSION 



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If a project sponsor wishes to propose methods of opening protection different than those listed below, proposals 
for the use of alternate materials, designs, or methods of construction may be submitted for review in the same 
manner as for this local equivalency. The Department of Building Inspection may require that additional 
substantiation be provided supporting any claims made for such proposals. 

Procedure for Application of Local Equivalencies 

Project sponsors wishing to apply local equivalencies must fill out and submit the Request for Approval of Local 
Equivalency form (Attachment A). Fees to be paid and scheduling of review of requests are as noted on that form. 
Following DBI review, each request will either be approved, approved with conditions, disapproved, or placed on 
Hold pending submittal of additional information. 

Further details of procedures for the review of local equivalencies may be found in AB-005, Procedures for 
Approval of Local Equivalencies. 

Conditions of Local Equivalencies 

Openings in new building walls and new openings in existing building walls in Groups B, M, and R occupancies 
that are closer to property lines than permitted under SFBC Section 704.8 and Table 704.8 may be permitted on a 
case-by-case basis when the following provisions or approved equivalent provisions are met and the project sponsor 
provides documentation of the practical difficulties involved in carrying out the provisions of the regular code. 
The standard provisions for this Local Equivalency include all of the following: 

1. The openings may not be used to provide required light and ventilation, required egress, or for required 
emergency rescue. 

2. The openings shall be fixed (non-operable) unless more than 50 feet above the roof of any adjoining building 
or more than the distance prescribed for protected openings in Table 704.8 in any direction from an adjoining 
building. 

3. The openings shall be located entirely above any adjoining roof or at least six feet laterally beyond any wall 
of an adjoining building. 

4. The openings shall be protected with fire assemblies, such as fire shutters or rated window assemblies, having 
a rating of at least 3/4 hour. Openings in walls which have a fire-protection rating of greater than 1-hour shall be 
protected by a fire assembly having a three-hour fire-protection rating in four-hour fire-resistive walls, a two-house 
fire-protection rating in three-hour fire-resistive walls, and one-and one-half hour fire-protection rating in two-hour 
fire-resistive walls. Fire shutters, if provided, shall be actuated by smoke detectors located inside and by fusible 
links or other approved devices on the outside of the protected openings. 

5. The opening shall be protected by a fire sprinkler system having ordinary temperature, quick-response type 
heads installed within 18" of the openings and spaced at 6 feet on center or at the manufacturer's recommended 
minimum spacing, whichever provides the closer spacing. 

Exception: Openings in Group R Division 3 occupancies. 

6. If the adjoining building contains R occupancy uses, proposed openings shall not be located closer than six feet 
measured in any direction to any existing opening on the adjoining building unless the adjoining owner gives written 
consent. A copy of the statement giving such consent shall be attached to the permit application. 

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7. The owner of a building with such openings shall provide a recorded statement that these openings will be 
closed or protected with approved fire resistive wall construction in the event that the adjoining property is 
improved in such a manner that the openings no longer comply with the provisions of this Administrative Bulletin. 
A copy of a Declaration of Use Limitation (Attachment B) shall be submitted to the plan reviewer prior to 
completion of Department of Building inspection plan review. 

8. Property line openings which open onto property owned by the City and County of San Francisco shall meet 
the requirements of San Francisco Administrative Code, Article VI, Sections 23.27 through 23.30 (Attachment C). 
An approved and executed a "Lot Line Window Agreement" shall be submitted as part of the documents required 
under Item 9 (below). 

9. A permit application and related submittal documents shall detail all construction which is approved as a result 
of this request for local equivalency. 

Approved by the Building Inspection Commission on September 18, 2002 

Originally signed by: 

Gary Massetani, Fire Marshal 

October 9, 2002 

Frank Y. Chiu, Director 
October 3, 2002 

Attachment A: Request for Approval of Local Equivalency 

Attachment B: Assessor/Recorder's Office Document - "Declaration of Use Limitation" 

Attachment C: SF Administrative Code 



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ATTACHMENT A 




DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING INSPECTION 

City & County of San Francisco 

1660 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94103-2414 



REQUEST FOR APPROVAL OF LOCAL EQUFV ALENCY FOR MODIFICATION 
OR ALTERNATE MATERIALS, DESIGN OR M ETHODS OF CONSTRUCTION 



DATE SUBMITTED 



[Note: This form shall be recorded as part of the 

permanent construction records of the property] 

If no permit application has been filed, a Preapplication Review Fee is required for review of a request for local 
equivalency or modification, per SFBC Table 1-B, Item 8. Additional fees may be required by Fire Department and 
other City review agencies. 

If a permit application has been filed, no additional fees are required for this review. 

Permit Application # 

Property Address: 

Block and Lot: I Occupancy Group: Type of Construction: No. of Stories: 



Describe Use of Building, 



Under the authority of the 2007 San Francisco Building Code, Sections 104A.2.7 and 104A.2.8; the 2007 San 
Francisco Mechanical Code, Section 108.7; the 2007 San Francisco Electrical Code, Section 089.16; and the 2007 
San Francisco Plumbing Code, Section 108.7; the undersigned requests modifications of the provisions of these 
codes and/or approval of alternate materials, designs or methods of construction. Two copies of supporting 
documents, including plans showing the proposed modifications or alternate materials, design or methods of 
construction, are attached. 

Regular Code Requirement (specify Code and Sections) 



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Proposed Modification or Alternate 



Case-by-Case Basis of Request - Describe the practical difficulties presented in meeting the specific conditions of 
the code and how the proposed modification or alternate meets the intent of the code. A separate form should be 
filled for each requested modification or alternate. Attach copies of any Administrative Bulletin, Code Ruling, 
reference, test reports, expert opinions, etc., which support this request. The Department may require that an 
approved consultant be hired by the applicant to perform tests or analysis and to submit an evaluation report to the 
Department for consideration. 



Requested by: PROJECT SPONSOR ARCHITECT/ENGINEER 
Print Name: 

Signature: [PROFESSIONAL 

STAMP HERE] 
Telephone: 



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PLAN REVIEWER COMMENTS: 



RECOMMENDATIONS : 
[signed off/dated by:] 

Plan Reviewer: 

Division Manager: 

for Director of 
Bldg. Inspection 

for Fire Marshal: 



Approve 



Approve with conditions 



Disapprove 



CONDITIONS OF APPROVAL or OTHER COMMENTS 



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ATTACHMENT B 

Recording Requested By And When Recorded 

Return To: DIRECTOR, DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING INSPECTION 
1660 MISSION STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-2414 

or 

DIVISION 



DECLARATION OF USE LIMITATION 

L^We, , owner/s of the herein described property Commonly known as 

in San Francisco, Assessor's Block No. - , Lot No. hereby 

consent to the within described limitations that: 

In the event that the property located at commonly known as Block No. , Lot 

No. is improved in such a matter that the openings in the building located at 

no longer comply with the San Francisco Building Code, then said openings shall be closed off or protected 
as required by the Director of the Department of Building Inspection. 

The herein limitations shall be binding on me/us until amended by conforming to the San Francisco Building Code 
Requirements. 

Signed: 

OWNER/S 

Date of Execution: 



NOTARY ACKNOWLEDGMENT: 



Title or type of document 

Number of pages Date of document 

STATE OF CALIFORNIA Signer(s) other than named below _ 
County of 



On before me, personally appeared 

personally known to me (or proved to me on the basis of satisfactory evidence) to be the person(s) whose name(s) 
is/are subscribed to the within instrument and acknowledged to me that he/she/they executed the same in 
his/her/their authorized capacity(ies), and that by his/her/their signature(s) on the instrument, the person(s) or the 
entity upon behalf of which the person(s) acted executed the instrument. 

WITNESS my hand and official seal. 

Signature (Seal) 

Notary Public in and for said Country and State 



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ATTACHMENT C 



San Francisco - Administrative Code 
ARTICLE V: LOT LINE WINDOW AGREEMENTS 



Sec. 23.45. Authority of Direction of Property. 

Sec. 23.46. Determination of Value. 

Sec. 23.47. Requirements for Lot Line Window 

Agreements. 
Sec. 23.48. Fees and Fee Payments. 

SEC. 23.45. AUTHORITY OF DIRECTOR OF 
PROPERTY. 

An owner of Real Property adjoining Real 
Property of the City may request that the City consent 
to openings in building walls on the owner's Real 
Property that are closer to the common property line 
than the distances prescribed in the San Francisco 
Building Code by filing with the Director of Property 
an original and two copies of a written application, 
together with plans, specifications and other supporting 
documents, and paying the required application fee. 
Upon such filing, the Director of Property shall 
investigate the application and consult with the 
department that has jurisdiction over the Real Property. 
Copies of the application and its supporting documents 
shall be delivered by the Director of Property to the 
Department of City Planning and the Bureau of 
Building Inspection for review and comment as that 
department and that bureau may deem appropriate. If 
the department having jurisdiction over the Real 
Property approves and the Director of Property 
concludes that it is in the best interest of the City to 
give the requested consent, the Director of Property is 
authorized to approve and execute a lot line window 
agreement which complies with all of the provisions of 
this Article. (Formerly Sec. 23.27; added by Ord. 
559-85, App. 12/27/85; amended and renumbered by 
Ord. 15-01, File No. 001965, App. 2/2/2001) 

SEC. 23.46. DETERMINATION OF VALUE. 

The Director of Property shall determine a monthly 
fee for the privilege of installing the openings in 
building walls that are made possible by the City's 



consent. The monthly fee shall be based upon an 
appraisal by the Director of Property of the 
enhancement in fair market value of the building 
owner's Real Property that will result from installation 
of the proposed openings in building walls. 

If the original monthly fee based upon the Director 
of Property's appraisal is more than $50 the agreement 
shall provide for payment by the building owner, in 
advance, of the monthly fee so determined by the 
Director of Property. The monthly fee may, at the 
Director of Property's discretion, be payable monthly, 
quarterly, semiannually or annually. The agreement 
shall contain a provision for annual adjustment of the 
monthly fee to reflect increases or decreases in the 
Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers for the 
San Francisco-Oakland Metropolitan Area and a 
provision for a redetermination of the monthly fee by 
the Director of Property, upon the same appraisal basis 
as the original fee determination, at the end of each 
five-year period. 

If the original monthly fee based upon the Director 
of Property's appraisal is $50 or less, a one-time fee of 
$1,000 shall be paid by the building owner and no 
monthly fees shall be payable. (Formerly Sec. 23.28; 
added by Ord. 559-85, App. 12/27/85; amended and 
renumbered by Ord. 15-01, File No. 001965, App. 
2/2/2001) 

SEC. 23.47. REQUIREMENTS FOR LOT LINE 
WINDOW AGREEMENTS. 

All lot line window agreements shall comply with 
the following requirements: 

1 . The building to which the agreement relates 
shall comply with the Building Code and all other 
applicable codes, ordinances and regulations of the 
City and with all applicable federal and State laws and 
regulations. 



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2. The building shall be constructed or 
remodeled in conformity with the plans and 
specifications submitted with the application for a lot 
line window agreement and shall be used for the 
purposes stated in the application. 

3. The agreement shall be terminable at any 
time, with or without cause and without penalty, by 
either party. The termination will not be effective, 
however, unless the terminating party gives at least 90 
days prior written notice of termination which is mailed 
or delivered to the other party. The notice of 
termination shall contain the legal descriptions of both 
properties and shall be acknowledged by the 
terminating party. The notice of termination may be 
recorded by either party at any time and, after the 
termination date, the recorded notice shall be 
conclusive proof of termination of the agreement. 

4. The building owner shall agree that, in the 
event the agreement is revoked, the openings consented 
to by the agreement shall be protected or closed, as 
required by the Building Code, and the building 
otherwise modified as may be necessary to comply with 
those Building Code requirements that become 
applicable because of protecting or closing the 
openings. 

5. The building owner shall indemnify the City, 
its officers, employees and agents, against all liabilities 
that may result from or be connected with the 
agreement. 

6. During the life of the agreement, the building 
owner shall maintain comprehensive personal liability 
insurance with limits satisfactory to the Risk Manager 
of the City and with the City, its officers, agents and 
employees named as additional insureds. 

7. The agreement shall be binding upon and 
inure to the benefit of the parties, their successors and 
assigns. 

8. The agreement shall be executed by both 
parties and shall contain the legal descriptions of both 
properties. The Director of Property shall execute the 
agreement for and on behalf of the City, provided the 
agreement has been previously approved by the City 



Attorney and the head of the department having 
jurisdiction over the City's Real Property. The 
agreement shall be acknowledged by both parties and 
the Director of Property shall cause the agreement to be 
recorded. (Formerly Sec. 23.29; added by Ord. 559-85, 
App. 12/27/85; amended and renumbered by Ord. 
15-01, File No. 001965, App. 2/2/2001) 

SEC. 23.48. FEES AND FEE PAYMENTS. 

The application fee which is to accompany each 
application shall be $2,500 unless changed by 
appropriate action of the Board of Supervisors. If the 
Director of Property determines, after his investigation 
of the application, that the application fee is inadequate 
to cover the cost of preparing and processing an 
agreement, the Director of Property shall notify the 
building owner of the additional amount that is 
required. The additional amount shall be paid by the 
building owner as a prerequisite to preparation and 
processing of an agreement by the Real Estate 
Department. 

The Real Estate Department is authorized to collect 
the fees due under lot line window agreements and 
shall deposit such fees to the credit of the department 
having jurisdiction over the City's Real Property. 

The application fees and any additional amounts 
required to cover the cost of preparing and processing 
agreements shall be deposited to the credit of the Real 
Estate Department. (Formerly Sec. 23.30; added by 
Ord. 559-85, App. 12/27/85; amended and renumbered 
by Ord. 15-01, File No. 001965, App. 2/2/2001) 



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AB-010 



ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 



NO. AB-010 
DATE 
SUBJECT 
TITLE 



September 18, 2002 (Updated 01/01/2008 for code reference) 

Fire and Life Safety 

Local Equivalency for Approval of Communicating Openings Between Buildings on 
Separate Properties 



REFERENCE 



PURPOSE : The purpose of this Administrative Bulletin is to provide standards and procedures for the 

application and case-by-case review of requests for a modification based on local 
equivalency to allow communicating openings between buildings where such openings do 
not comply with the strict provisions of the 2007 San Francisco Building Code (SFBC) 
regarding fire resistance of exterior walls and protection of openings at property lines. 

This bulletin permits the continuing application of code provisions of former editions of 
the SFBC regarding communicating openings. In conformance with current State law, 
requests for approval of communicating openings will be considered on a case-by-case 
basis when reasonable equivalency is proposed. 

: 2007 San Francisco Building Code (SFBC) 

- Section 104A.2. 7, Modifications 

- Section 104A.2.8, Alternate materials, alternate design and methods of construction 

- Section 704.8 Allowable Area of Openings 
DBI Administrative Bulletin AB-005, Procedures for Approval of Local Equivalencies 

Project sponsors may request the application of this local equivalency allowing openings 
in building walls which connect buildings on separate lots when such openings in exterior 
walls do not meet the strict provisions of SFBC Section 705 and when it can be 
demonstrated on a case-by-case basis that there are practical difficulties in meeting the 
provisions of the code, that the modification is in conformance with the intent and purpose 
of the code, and that reasonable equivalency is provided in fire-protection and structural 
integrity. 

Such proposed modification may be approved by the Department of Building Inspection and the Fire Department 
if it conforms with the below listed standard provisions. The Department of Building Inspection and other City 
departments may impose additional requirements, in addition to those listed below, in the approval of any request 
for a code modification or alternate based upon individual building and property conditions. 

If a project sponsor wishes to propose methods of protection of communicating openings which differ from those 
listed below, proposals for the use of alternate materials, designs, or methods of construction may be submitted for 
review in the same manner as for this Local Equivalency. The Department of Building Inspection may require that 
additional substantiation be provided supporting any claims made for such proposals. 



DISCUSSION 



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Procedures for Application of Local Equivalencies 

Project sponsors wishing to apply Local Equivalencies must fill out and submit the Request for Approval of Local 
Equivalencies form (Attachment A), Fees to be paid and scheduling of review of requests are as noted on that form. 
Following Department of Building Inspection review and, when appropriate, San Francisco Fire Department review, 
each request will either be approved, approved with conditions, disapproved, or placed on "Hold" pending submittal 
of additional information. 

Determinations of the staff of the Department of Building Inspection regarding local equivalencies may be 
administratively brought for further review to the Deputy Director and the Director of the Department of Building 
Inspection. Determinations of the Director may be appealed to the Building Inspection Commission or to other 
designated appeals bodies. 

Further details of procedures for the review of local equivalencies may be found in AB-005, Procedures for 
Approval of Local Equivalencies. 

Conditions of Local Equivalency 

Communicating openings between new or existing buildings located on real or assumed property lines where such 
openings are closer to property lines than permitted under SFBC Section 602.1 and Tables 601 and 602 may be 
permitted on a case-by-case basis when the following provisions or other approved equivalent provisions are met 
and the project sponsor provides documentation of the practical difficulties involved in carrying out the provisions 
of the regular code. 

The standard provisions for this local equivalency include: 

1 . The total width of all communicating openings in a building wall shall not exceed 25 percent of the length of 
the wall at the floor where the openings occur. A single opening shall not exceed 120 square feet. Multiple openings 
are permitted. 

2. Communicating openings in each building shall be protected by approved and listed automatic-closing fire 
assemblies having fire protection ratings of at least that required for the exterior wall of the building per Tables 601 
and 602, or for any occupancy separation required between adjoining occupancies in the separate buildings as 
prescribed in Table 508.3.3, whichever results in a greater fire-resistive rating. In no case shall the opening 
protection be less than one-hour. Such fire assemblies shall close in the event of heat or smoke detected on either 
side of the communicating opening and shall cause a local fire alarm to sound upon closing. 

3 . All vertical shafts and stairways in each building having communicating openings shall be enclosed on the floor 
or floors where such communicating openings occur, and on the floors immediately above and below where such 
communicating openings occur. Enclosures shall be in accordance with Table 6-A and openings into such shaft and 
stairway enclosures shall comply with SFBC Sections 707 and 1020. 

4. The total combined floor area for floor connected by communicating openings shall the basis for determination 
of fire sprinkler requirements in accordance with SFBC Section 903.2. 

5. A communicating opening shall not adversely affect the lateral force resisting capability of either building and 
shall not cause the transfer of lateral forces between buildings. Calculations and details substantiating this shall be 
provided. 



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6. Fire protection assemblies in communicating openings shall be designed, insofar as practical, to resist blockage 
and jamming in the case of seismic events. 

7. Communicating openings shall not be used as required exits. 

8. Sprinklers for exposure protection of the openings shall be installed within 1 8 inches of the openings in each 
building. The heads shall be of ordinary temperature, quick-response type and be spaced at six feet on center or at 
the manufacturer's recommended minimum spacing, whichever provides the closer spacing, 

9. The owner of each building having a communicating opening shall provide a recorded statement that such 
opening(s) will be closed or protected with approved fire-resistive wall construction in the event that either building 
is altered in such a manner that the communicating openings no longer comply with the provisions of this 
administrative bulletin. 

A permit application and related submittal documents shall detail all construction which is approved as a result of 
this request for local equivalency. No work to create a communicating opening between buildings shall be done 
prior to approval of such permit application and issuance of a permit. 

Approved by the Building Inspection Commission on September 18, 2002 

Originally signed by: 

Gary Massetani, Fire Marshal 

October 9, 2002 

Frank Y. Chiu, Director 
October 3, 2002 



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ATTACHMENT A 




DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING INSPECTION 

City & County of San Francisco 

1660 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94103-2414 



REQUEST FOR APPROVAL OF LOCAL EQUIVALENCY FOR MODIFICATION 
OR ALTERNATE MATERIALS, DESIGN OR METHODS OF CONSTRUCTION 

DATE SUBMITTED P^^ote: This form shall be recorded as part of the 

permanent construction records of the property] 

If no permit application has been filed, a Preapplication Review Fee is required for review of a request for local 
equivalency or modification, per SFBC Table 1-B, Item 8. Additional fees may be required by Fire Department and 
other City review agencies. 

If a permit application has been filed, no additional fees are required for this review. 

Permit Application #_j 

Property Address: 

Block and Lot: I Occupancy Group: Type of Construction: No. of Stories: 

Describe Use of Building 



Under the authority of the 2007 San Francisco Building Code, Sections 104A.2.7 and 104A.2.8; the 2007 San 
Francisco Mechanical Code, Section 108.7; the 2007 San Francisco Electrical Code, Section 089.16; and the 2007 
San Francisco Plumbing Code, Section 108,7; the undersigned requests modifications of the provisions of these 
codes and/or approval of alternate materials, designs or methods of construction. Two copies of supporting 
documents, including plans showing the proposed modifications or alternate materials, design or methods of 
construction, are attached. 

Regular Code Requirement (specify Code and Sections) 



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Proposed Modification or Alternate 



Case-by-Case Basis of Request - Describe the practical difficulties presented in meeting the specific conditions of 
the code and how the proposed modification or alternate meets the intent of the code. A separate form should be 
filled for each requested modification or alternate. Attach copies of any Administrative Bulletin, Code Ruling, 
reference, test reports, expert opinions, etc., which support this request. The Department may require that an 
approved consultant be hired by the applicant to perform tests or analysis and to submit an evaluation report to the 
Department for consideration. 



Requested by: PROJECT SPONSOR ARCHITECT/ENGINEER 

Print Name: 

Signature: [PROFESSIONAL 

STAMP HERE] 

Telephone: 



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PLAN REVIEWER COMMENTS: 



RECOMMENDATIONS: Approve Approve with conditions Disapprove 

[signed off/dated by:] 

Plan Reviewer: 

Division Manager: 

for Director of 

Bldg. Inspection 

for Fire Marshal: 



CONDITIONS OF APPROVAL or OTHER COMMENTS 



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AB-011 



ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 



NO. AB-011 
DATE 
SUBJECT 
TITLE 



March 4, 1998 (Updated 01/01/08 for code references) 

Disabled Access 

Use of Powered Door Operators in Lieu of Exterior and Interior Door Side Clearances 



PURPOSE 



REFERENCES 



DISCUSSION 



To detail an equivalency which may be administratively approved for the use of powered 
door operators in lieu of clearances adjoining exterior and interior doors of existing 
buildings which are required to be made accessible to persons with disabilities. 

2007 San Francisco Building Code 

- Section 202, Unreasonable Hardship, defined 

- Section 1 126A.3, Maneuvering Clearances at Doors 

- Section 1 105B, Exception 1, Equivalent facilitation for Group B occupancies 

- Section 1 133B.1.1.1.1 exception 3, Entrances and exterior ground floor exit doors 

- Section 1 133B.2.3.2, Automatic and power-assisted doors 

- Sections 1 133B.2.4.2 and 1 133B.2.4.3, Maneuvering clearances at doors 

- Figures 1 1 A-8A through 1 1 A-8F, Level Maneuvering Clearances at Doors 

- Figures 1 lB-30, 1 1B-26A, 1 1B-26B, door side clearance requirements 

Clearance is required adjacent to the pull side and, in some cases, the push side of doors 
used in accessible paths-of-travel to allow wheelchair users to approach and open doors. 
The current minimum required clearances are 1 8 inch strike side clearance for interior 
doors, 24 inch strike side clearance for exterior doors and 12" push side clearance for doors 
equipped with both latches and closers. These clearances frequently cannot be reasonably 
provided due to existing structural constraints or other fixed obstructions. This 
Administrative Bulletin outlines circumstances under which a Documentation of 
Unreasonable Hardship may be administratively approved for such conditions when 
equivalent facilitation is provided through the use of power operated doors. A door which 
complies with this bulletin will be considered to be accessible to and usable by persons 
with disabilities. 



Submittal of a Documentation of Unreasonable Hardship form must be accompanied by information which 
documents that strict compliance with code requirements cannot be met without creating an unreasonable hardship 
as defined under San Francisco Building Code, Section 202. Where the cost of alterations over a three-year period 
exceeds the valuation threshold, this equivalency may be reconsidered as part of an Unreasonable Hardship Request 
accompanying subsequent remodeling permits. 



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Administrative approval may be granted for the use of powered door operators in lieu of side clearances if the 
following conditions, as applicable, are met: 

1 . The powered door operator is to be supplementary to manual door(s) which meet other code requirements. 

2. Powered door operator is to be maintained in operating condition. 

3. Powered door operator shall be operational whenever door is unlocked. 

4. Powered door operator controls (door operator button, photocell, or other device) are to be located at both push 
side and pull side of the door. 

5. Door operator button size to be at least 9 (nine) square inches and include the International Symbol of 
Accessibility (ISA). 

6. Powered door operator controls are to be mounted between 36 inches and 44 inches above the finished floor. 

7. Powered door operator control buttons shall be outside the swing of the operated door. Where there is a pair 
of doors with only one operated leaf, the operator should be, whenever possible, on the strike side of the operated 
door leaf and as close to the operated door leaf as reasonably possible. 

8. A clear floor space of 30" x 48" is to be provided adjacent to each door operator button. Objects adjacent to 
and below door operator controls shall not project more than 4" from the wall. 

9. The minimum time from door opening to the start of door closing shall be as indicated in the following table: 



DISTANCE 


TIME 


(feet) 


(seconds) 


Oto5 


4 


5+ to 15 


7 


15+ to 20 


10 


20+ 


13 



The distance shall be established from the farthest operator control. 

10. Equipment installation shall be in accordance with the manufacturer's product listing. 

Approved by the Building Inspection Commission on March 4, 1998 

Originally signed by: 

William Wong for Frank Y. Chiu, Director 

March 9, 1998 



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AB-012 



ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 



NO. AB-012 
DATE 
SUBJECT 
TITLE 



March 4, 1998 (Updated 01/01/08 for code references) 

Disabled Access 

Use of Powered Door Operators in Lieu of Level Landings at Doors 



PURPOSE 



REFERENCES 



To detail an equivalency which may be administratively approved for the use of powered 
door operators in lieu of clearances adjoining exterior and interior doors of existing 
buildings which are required to be made accessible to persons with disabilities. 

2007 San Francisco Building Code 

- Section 202, Unreasonable Hardship, defined 

- Section 1 126A.3, Maneuvering Clearances at Doors 

- Section 1 105B, Exception 1, Equivalent facilitation for Group B occupancies 

- Section 1 1 33B. 1.1.1.1 exception 3, Entrances and exterior ground floor exit doors 

- Section 1 133B.2.3.2, Automatic and power-assisted doors 

- Sections 1 133B.2.4.2 and 1 133B.2.4.3, Maneuvering clearances at doors 

- See Administrative Bulletin AB-01 1 regarding use of door operators in lieu of side 

clearance 



DISCUSSION : Many existing San Francisco buildings are not constructed to allow level landings at doors 

on accessible paths-of-travei which meet the specific requirements of level landings (a 
slope not greater than 1/4" per foot). This Administrative Bulletin outlines circumstances 
under which a Documentation of Unreasonable Hardship may be admmistratively approved 
for such conditions when equivalent facilitation is provided through the use of powered 
door operators. Documentation must include a clear plan and a cost estimate for a fully 
complying solution, along with justification as to why implementation of such a plan 
would be a hardship. An entrance which complies with this bulletin will be considered to 
be accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities and to be in compliance with other 
code requirements for level landings. 

Submittal of a Documentation of Unreasonable Hardship form must be accompanied by information which 
documents that strict compliance with code requirements cannot be met without creating an unreasonable hardship 
as defined under San Francisco Building Code, Section 202. Where the cost of alterations over a three-year period 
exceeds the valuation threshold, this equivalency may be reconsidered as part of an Unreasonable Hardship Request 
accompanying subsequent remodeling permits. 



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Administrative approval may be granted for the use of powered door operators in lieu of level landings if the 
following conditions, as applicable, are met: 

1. Slopes along the path-of-travel at the door may not exceed 1:12 slope and should be the least slope as is 
reasonably achievable. 

2. Slopes along the path-of-travel may extend under the door. 

3. Slopes between levels at doors may not exceed 6 feet. These slopes shall not be considered ramps and shall 
not be subject to other ramp requirements. 

4. Slopes shall be roughened or of slip-resistant materials. 

5 . The powered door operator is to be supplementary to manual door(s) which meet all other code requirements. 

6. Powered door operators are to be maintained in operating condition. 

7. Powered door operator controls are to be located in an area as level as reasonable based on the existing 
topography and path-of-travel layout. Door operator control buttons shall be outside the swing of the operated door. 
Where there is a pair of doors with only one operated leaf, the operator should be, whenever possible, on the strike 
side of the operated door leaf and as close to the operated leaf as reasonably possible. 

8. A clear floor space of 30" x 48" is to be provided adjacent to each door operator button. Objects adjacent to 
and below door operator controls shall not project more than 4" from the wall. 

9. Powered door operator controls (door operator button, photocell, or other device) are to be located on both the 
interior and exterior sides of door. 

10. Powered door operator controls are to be mounted between 36 inches and 44 inches above the finished floor. 

1 1. Signage shall be provided on or adjacent to the door, preferable on strike side, indicating location of door 
operator controls if the control equipment is not immediately obvious to users. 

12. The minimum time from door opening to the start of door closing shall be as indicated in the following table: 



DISTANCE 


TIME 


(feet) 


(seconds) 


Oto5 


4 


5+ to 15 


7 


15+ to 20 


10 


20+ 


13 



The distance shall be established from the farthest operator control. 

13. Door operator button size is to be at least 9 (nine) square inches and include the International Symbol of 
Accessibility (ISA). 

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14. Powered door operators shall be operational whenever the door is unlocked. 

15. Equipment installation shall comply with manufacturer's listing requirements. 

Approved by the Building Inspection Commission on March 4, 1998 

Originally signed by: 

William Wong for Frank Y. Chiu, Director 

March 9, 1998 



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AB-013 



ADMINISTRAXrVE BULLETIN 



NO. AB-013 

DATE 

SUBJECT 

TITLE 



(Revision to bring bulletin into conformance with revisions to the State Historical Building 
Code, effective July 21, 1998.) 

September 18, 2002 [Updated 01/01/08 for code references.] 

Disabled Access 

Application of Disabled Access Provisions to Historic Buildings 



PURPOSE 



REFERENCE 



DISCUSSION 



To establish policies and procedures for the application of the alternate provisions of the 
State Historical Building Code and to define appeal procedures from administrative 
decisions. 

State Historical Building Code, 2007 Edition, California Code of Regulations, Title 24, 

Part 8 
San Francisco Building Code, 2007 Edition; 
DBI Administrative Bulletin AB-028, Pre-application and Pre-addendum Plan Review 

Procedures 

The intent of this bulletin is to establish procedures for qualified historic buildings and 
properties that allow project sponsors to request alternatives to the regular disabled access 
regulations through the application of the provisions of the State Historical Building Code. 



Materials related to the application of alternative provisions must be provided by the project sponsor to the 
Department of Building Inspection for review of each specific request to apply the State Historical Building Code. 
Included must be complete documentation citing the appropriate code sections and providing the following 
information: 

• Documentation that the building or property is a qualified historical building or property within the terms and 
definitions of the State Historical Building Code. Such qualification is to be in accordance with the policies and 
procedures developed by the Department of Building Inspection and the Planning Department. 

• Information indicating how strict compliance with the disabled access provisions of the San Francisco Building 
Code would threaten or destroy the historic significance or character defining features of the building or property. 
Each specific item for which an exception is requested must be specifically identified and justified. 

• A clear statement of each of the altemative(s) to be applied from the list of the State Historical Building Code, 
Sections 8-602 and 8-603. Note that the alternative provisions listed in the State Historical Building Code are not 
a comprehensive listing of all possible alternatives. The appellant may identify other reasonably equivalent 
alternatives to the regular code which would result in access to and use by persons with disabilities. 

Plans, photographs and other visual documentation for inclusion into the file so that the conditions are clearly 
understandable by reviewers. 



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The prevailing San Francisco Building Code provisions for disabled access apply to all buildings regardless of 
historical status unless it can be demonstrated on a case-by-case basis that compliance with the prevailing code 
would threaten or destroy the historical significance or character defining features of a building or property. 

Procedure for Review 

1 a. The building permit application and accompanying documentation proposing listed Alternate Provisions 
or equivalent facilitation shall be routed to the plan checker who would normally review the plans to determine if 
standard administrative approval of an unreasonable hardship request can be granted. 

lb. Alternatively, a pre-application plan review meeting may be requested prior to permit submittal by the 
project sponsor to determine the applicability of Alternate Provisions or equivalent facilitation under the State 
Historical Building Code. 

2. If standard administrative approval cannot be granted, the request for approval of the proposed Alternate 
Provisions or equivalent facilitation, along with accompanying supporting documentation, should be sent to the 
appropriate Plan Check Division Manager for review. 

For those items which are not specifically listed as Alternate Provisions under Sections 8-602 and 8-603, 
documentation to be provided by the project sponsor to the Department of Building Inspection, Plan Check Services 
shall contain written documentation including the opinions and comments of representative local groups of persons 
with disabilities, persons knowledgeable about historic preservation, and other qualified individuals regarding the 
issue in question. Alternatively, or to supplement such comments, the Department of Building Inspection may hold 
its own public review with other representative persons with disabilities, in addition to other qualified persons, 
should it choose to do so. The Department will select at least three such persons with disabilities from a list of 
qualified persons to be maintained by the Department. Any person who meets the ADA definition of "disabled" 
may request to have his/her name placed on this list. 

[Note: Under the ADA, an individual with a disability is a person who has a physical or mental impairment 
which substantially limits one or more of the person's major life activities; has a record of such an impairment; or 
is regarded as having such an impairment.] 

Based on the information submitted, as well as other information available to the Department of Building 
Inspection from the Planning Department and other resources, an administrative decision will be issued by DBI 
approving or denying the request, or a request for additional information will be made within a reasonable period 
of time. 

3 . A disagreement with the decision of Department of Building Inspection staff may, on request, be reviewed 
through the supervisory chain, to the Director of the Department of Building Inspection. A project sponsor wishing 
to appeal the administrative decision of the Department of Building Inspection staff and Director may appeal to the 
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4. The appellant may appeal the decision of the AAC to the State Historical Building Safety Board. The 
subject of the appeal must first be determined by the State Historical Building Safety Board to be of statewide 
significance. This final administrative appeal is available to confirm that the local agency has rendered a decision 
which is consistent with statewide interpretations of the disabled access codes and the State Historical Building 
Code. 

Approved by the Building Inspection Commission on September 18, 2002 

Originally signed by: 
Frank Y. Chiu, Director 
October 3, 2002 



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AB-014 



ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 



AB-014 : 

DATE : September 1 6, 1 998 (Updated 01/01/08 for code references) 

SUBJECT : Inspection 

TITLE : Dimensional Tolerances for New and Existing Construction 



REFERENCES 



PURPOSE : This bulletin details dimensional tolerances which can be accepted by field inspection 

personnel from the Department of Building Inspection when reviewing on-site construction 
work. This bulletin is the procedural implementation of the California Building Code, 
Section 1 101B.4 and 1 104B.5, Dimensional Tolerances, which amends the State code to 
permit jurisdictions to allow dimensional tolerances which meet industry standards. These 
tolerances should allow construction to proceed with dimensions as shown on the plans or 
in the code that are not exact but are within the standards accepted by the industry, the 
Department and the community. 

2007 San Francisco Building Code 
- Sections 1 101B.4 and 1 104B.5 Dimensional Tolerances 
2007 San Francisco Plumbing Code 
2007 San Francisco Electrical Code 

The Handbook of Construction Tolerances. McGraw Hill, 1994, David Kent Ballast, 
editor. 

The application of dimensional construction tolerances is necessary because structures 
cannot be built which conform precisely to code defined absolute dimensions without 
deviation. This bulletin defines the limits of those deviations within which administrative 
approval can be routinely granted. Any deviations beyond these must be addressed in the 
form of "unreasonable hardships" through the standard Documentation of Unreasonable 
Hardship process. These tolerances are based on industry standards for materials and 
methods of construction and are not intended to approve any incorrect dimensions or 
design changes. These are not code changes but approvals for variance based on as-built 
conditions. This applies to both new construction and the remodeling of existing structures. 

One of the bases of the Department's construction tolerance standards is the 1 994 Edition of the Handbook of 
Construction Tolerances, edited by David Kent Ballast. This is a commonly used reference book regarding industry 
standards for tolerances and, as excerpted below, is adopted by this bulletin as representing the standards for 
tolerances within the City and County of San Francisco. Please note that some adjustments and additions to these 
tolerances have been made inasmuch as the Handbook of Construction Tolerances does not specifically address 
disabled access issues. Where specific accessibility conditions needed to be addressed, such standards have been 
added as needed. Per Section 1 101B.4, dimensions that are not stated as "maximum" or "minimum" are absolute. 
The Department may administratively modify and/or add to the below referenced standards as necessary to meet 
the intent of the codes. 



DISCUSSION 



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Standard tolerances will be based upon the nominal manufactured dimensions of fabricated goods. 

Note that the State Historical Building Code provides other remedies for variations which may be addressed through 
the provisions of Administrative Bulletin No. AB-013. This applies to all qualified historic properties. In cases 
where the State Historical Building Code is applied, that code takes precedence over the regular Building Code 
requirements. 

The following tolerances are to be used: 

a. Concrete paving. 

Standard: Plus or minus 1/4" over 10' for drives, parking surfaces, sidewalks and other site paving. 
Ref.ACI 117-06 

b. Concrete slabs for flatness and straightness. 
Standard: Bull-float slab is plus or minus 1/2" over 10'. 
Ref. ACIl 17-06 and ASTM El 155-96 

c. Cast-in-place concrete walls: 
Standard: Plumb is 1/4" in 10'. 
Ref. ACIl 17-06 

d. Concrete masonry unit and masonry construction. 
Standard: 1/4" in 10' vertical or horizontal 

Ref. ACIl 17-06 

e. Brick wall construction. 

Standard: 1/4" in 1 0' vertical or horizontal 
Ref ACIl 17-06 

f. Granite and marble installation. 
Standard: 1/4" in 10' vertical or horizontal. 

Ref. Dimension Stone Design Manual VII, Marble Institute of America, Inc. 2007 

g. Limestone installation. 

Standard: 1/4" in 10' vertical or horizontal. 
Ref. Various industry standards 

h. Slate tile installation for flooring or walls. 
Standard: Vertical or horizontal 1/4" in 10'. 

i. Wood floor framing and sub-flooring. 
Standard: 1/4" in 10' horizontal tolerance. 
Ref. Spectext, Section 06112, Framing and Sheathingby the Construction Sciences Research Foundation, 2006 

j. Floor and wall tile. 

Standard: 1/4" in 8' for wall and flooring. This does not apply to thresholds. 
Ref ANSI AI 08.1, A108.4, and Al 08.5 



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k. Terrazzo flooring. 
Standard: 1/4" in 10' 
Ref. Terrazzo Information Guide, the National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association, 1993 

1. Wood flooring. 

Standard: 1/4" in 10' 

Ref. ANSI/HPMA LHF, 1982 

m. Other stone installation. 
Standard: 1/4" in 10' 
Ref Dimensions, Stone Design Manual IV, 1991 

n. Cabinets and counter tops. 

Standard: 1/4" in 12' out of parallel with the floor; 1/8" variation in clear width. 

Ref. Quality Standards for the Professional Remodeler, Second Edition, National Association of Home builders, 

Remodelers Council, 1991 

o. Flatness of counter tops. 
Standard: 1/4" per 8'. 
Ref Architectural Woodwork Quality Standards, Architectural Woodwork Institute, 1993 

p. Storefront installation. 

Standard: Storefront systems to be vertical plus or minus 1/8" in 12'; 

Ref. Aluminum Storefront and Entrance Manual, American Architectural Manufacturers Association, 1987 

q. Framing for gypsum wallboard. 

Standard: 1/8" in 10' vertical and horizontal. 
Ref GA-216 

r. Wallboard partitions, ceilings, and trim. 
Standard: 1/4" in 10' 
Ref ANSIA108.il, and GA-216 

s. Installation of lath and plaster. 
Standard: 1/4" per 10' 
RefASTMC926 

t. Clear opening at doors. 

Standard: plus or minus 3/8" 
Ref. None. 

u. Plumbing fixture installation 

Standard: plus or minus 1/2" measured from the finished wall or floor. 
Ref None 



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V. Handrail dimensions. 

Nominal handrails not to vary more than 3/16" in diameter fi-om code dimension; height plus or minus 3/16" 
measured from finished floor, 
Ref. None. 

w. Threshold. 

Standard: 1/8" variation in threshold height is permitted above the finished floor surface. 
Ref. None 

X. Knee clearance under wall mounted plumbing fixtures, including lavatories, drinking fountains, urinals and 
toilets. 

Standard; Mounting height above finished floor equals plus or minus 3/8". Within a 30" wide area, centered 
on the accessible basin or fixture, there may be a variation of 1/4" in height between the lower edge of the 
counter and the finished floor. 
Ref. None 

y. Switches, receptacles, pull stations, controls and similar devices. 
Standard: Plus or minus 1/2" vertically. 
Ref. None 

z. Door operating pressure. 

Standard: Plus or minus 1/2 pound. 
Ref None 

aa. Operating pressures for faucets, flush valves and miscellaneous hardware. 
Standard: Plus or minus 1/2 pound. 
Ref. None 

bb. Other elements. Other constructed elements which are not specifically regulated shall be permitted to have a 
construction tolerance of 1/4" plus or minus unless, in the opinion of the district inspector, such variation impedes 
access, except that grab bars and handrails shall be not more than the maximum horizontal distance fi-om the 
adjoining wall surface than is permitted by the regular code. 

Approved by the Building Inspection Commission on September 16, 1998 

Originally signed by: 
Frank Y. Chiu, Director 
November 12, 1998 



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AB-015 



ADMINISTRAXrVX BULLETIN 



NO. AB-015 
DATE 
SUBJECT 
TITLE 



September 16, 1998 (Updated 01/01/08 for code references) 

Disabled Access 

Allowable Temporary Interruptions to Disabled Access 



REFERENCES 



DISCUSSION 



PURPOSE : The purpose of this bulletin is to establish guidelines for approval of conditions which 

might pose temporary interruptions in disabled access to certain areas in new or existing 
buildings. This bulletin further defines required maintenance of disabled access features. 

2007 San Francisco Building Code 

- Section 109, Application of Access Compliance Regulations 

- Section 1 101. B. 3, #2, Maintenance of Accessible Features 

- Section 101.7, Order of Precedence of Codes 

- Section 3401.2, Maintenance of Existing Buildings and Devices 

It is the intent of this bulletin to identify specific conditions which might permit temporary, 
isolated interruptions in disabled access due to maintenance and repair and in testing or 
emergency conditions. Such permissible interruptions in access do not supersede 
requirements for the installation and maintenance in good working order of features and 
devices necessary to provide access to persons with disabilities. 

Certain construction and features which typically comply with all access requirements may result in decreased 
access when testing or emergency conditions arise or when normal or unanticipated maintenance is required. 
Typical of these conditions is fire doors which are on magnetic, smoke-detector-actuated hold- opens which close 
upon testing of fire alarm systems or the operation of emergency systems. It is the intent of this bulletin to permit 
the use of devices which provide normal accessible features without requiring fiill access under emergency 
conditions. 

Where the following specific conditions are met, the Department of Building Inspection will allow routine approval 
of normally accessible features with the understanding that in times of emergency or isolated temporary interruption 
such features may not provide full compliance with all access regulations. 

Specific allowable temporary interruptions in access include but are not limited to the following features and 
conditions, which may be incorporated into the design of buildings and facilities: 

1 . Elevator lobby smoke doors and corridor, lobby, and other doors on permanently-installed "hold-open" devices 
when, during activation due to testing, service, or emergency, such doors do not provide full strike-side clearances. 



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2. During the normal maintenance or repair of accessible features as required by the San Francisco Building and 
Housing Codes. If access is to be interrupted for an extended period of time, the length of interruption shall be 
posted and, where possible, alternative means of access shall be provided. 

The Department of Building Inspection may administratively grant unreasonable hardship requests for permanent 
construction that might limit access to persons with disabilities during such periods as described. Project applicant 
should submit the necessary Unreasonable Hardship Form and indicate the specific nature of the request for review 
by the Department of Building Inspection. 

Approved by the Building Inspection Commission on September 16, 1998 

Originally signed by: 
Frank Y. Chiu, Director 
November 12, 1998 



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AB-016 



ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 



NO. AB-016 
DATE 
SUBJECT 
TITLE 



September 16, 1998 (Updated 01/01/08 for code references) 

Disabled Access 

Use of Panic Hardware in Lieu of Door Push-Side Clearance 



REFERENCES 



DISCUSSION 



PURPOSE : The purpose of this bulletin is to establish guidelines for equivalency which may be 

administratively approved for the use of panic hardware in lieu of the 12 inch push-side 
clearance for certain exterior and interior doors of existing buildings which are required 
to be made accessible to persons with disabilities. 

2007 San Francisco Building Code 

- Section 202, Unreasonable Hardship Defined 

- Section 1 1 33B. 1.1,1.1 Exception 3, General Accessibility for Entrances, Exits and Paths 
of Travel 

- Section 1 133B.2.4.2 Maneuvering Clearances at Doors 

- Section 1 133B.2.5, Closer - Effort to Operate Doors 

- Figure 1 lB-26Aand B, Push-Side Clearance Requirements 

A 12" clearance is required adjacent to the push-side of doors having both latches and 
closers where such doors are used in accessible paths-of-travel to allow wheelchair users 
to approach and open the doors. In existing buildings these clearances often cannot be 
reasonably provided due to existing structural constraints or other fixed obstructions. This 
administrative bulletin outlines the circumstance under which a Documentation of 
Unreasonable Hardship may be administratively approved when equivalent facilitation is 
provided through the use of panic hardware. A door which complies with this bulletin will 
be considered to be accessible and usable by persons with disabilities. 

Submittal of a Documentation of Unreasonable Hardship form must be accompanied by information which provides 
evidence that strict compliance with code requirements cannot be met without creating an unreasonable hardship 
as defined under San Francisco Building Code, Section 202. An equivalent facilitation may be administratively 
approved if: 

1 . Panic hardware extends at least 3/4 of the width of the operable leaf of the door. 

2. Panic hardware meets the requirements of the San Francisco Building Code, Section 1008.1.9. 



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3. The maximum effort to operate doors does not exceed the requirements of the San Francisco Building Code 
for doors on an accessible path of travel, currently 5 lbs. for interior and exterior doors, and 15 lbs. for fire-rated 
doors (SFBC 1133B.2.5). 

The provision of hardware complying with the above requirements shall be deemed equivalent to otherwise required 
push side clearances. 

Approved by the Building Inspection Commission on September 16, 1998 

Originally signed by: 
Frank Y. Chiu, Director 
November 12, 1998 



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AB-017 



ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 



NO. AB-017 
DATE 
SUBJECT 
TITLE 



September 16, 1998 (Updated 01/01/08 for code references 

Disabled Access 

Exception to Requirements for Disabled Access to Vacant Spaces 



PURPOSE 



REFERENCES 



The purpose of this bulletin is to establish guidelines for provision of accessibility to 
vacant and to subsequently occupied or re-occupied spaces or buildings. 

2007 San Francisco Building Code 

- Section 109, Application of Access Compliance Regulations 

- Section 103 A, Occupancy Violations 



DISCUSSION : The Department of Building Inspection through this bulletin intends to assure the 

compliance with requirements for accessibility to spaces used and occupied by persons 
with disabilities and other persons, while affirming that buildings or portions of buildings 
which are not occupied for any use or purpose do not require access. This bulletin further 
addresses issues of accessibility upon re-occupancy of buildings where existing violations 
have been cited by DBI, and confirms that access requirements must be met before either 
temporary or permanent occupancy. 

In order to avoid the costly provision of disabled access features for spaces where tenant improvements have not 
yet been fully incorporated for future use, or where the temporary solution to disabled access complaints may be 
to vacate a non-complying space, the Department of Building Inspection acknowledges that there are no 
requirements to provide disabled access to such vacant space. When vacant spaces become occupied or re-occupied, 
all disabled access features must be provided as required under the San Francisco Building Code. New buildings, 
particularly those core-and-shell buildings where tenant spaces have not yet been occupied, may be granted 
exceptions from some specific interior access requirements but must meet all basic site access requirements so that 
construction does not preclude subsequent access compliance. Buildings actively under construction or renovation 
which are not occupied for other purposes also need not be provided with disabled access features. 

Where a vacant building or space is subject to a complaint or abatement action for failure to provide required 
disabled access features, such access features need not be provided until such space is reoccupied. Prior to such 
reoccupancy a permit will be required to correct accessibility violations, even if no other tenant improvement or 
other construction work is contemplated. It is the responsibility of the owner to provide no less than quarterly 
updates to the Department of Building Inspection regarding the status of vacant buildings upon which complaints 
are outstanding. Such reports shall be provided to the Disabled Access Division of the Department of Building 
Inspection and signed by the owner or their representative. 



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Note that the San Francisco Building Code specifically requires access to temporary and emergency buildings and 
facilities. Any use of otherwise vacant spaces, such as temporary office space or other special use, requires 
compliance with disabled access regulations per San Francisco Building Code Section 109. Temporary uses may 
be provided with temporary disabled access features with the approval the Department of Building Inspection (i.e., 
temporary accessible toilet facilities). 

Approved by the Building Inspection Commission on September 16, 1998 

Originally signed by: 
Frank Y. Chiu, Director 
November 12, 1998 



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AB-018 



ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 



NO. AB-018 
DATE 
SUBJECT 
TITLE 



September 18, 2002 (Updated 01/01/08 for code references) 
Fire and Life Safety 

Local Equivalency for Approval of Emergency Escape or Rescue Windovj^s at Courts 
and Light Wells 



REFERENCE 



PURPOSE : The purpose of this Administrative Bulletin is to provide standards and procedures for the 

application and case-by-case review of requests for a local equivalency to allow exiting 
from emergency escape or rescue windows into enclosed courts or Light wells where such 
means of escape or rescue do not strictly comply with the provisions of the 2007 San 
Francisco Building Code (SFBC) regarding emergency escape or rescue windows. 

This bulletin permits the continuing application of code provisions of former editions of 
the SFBC regarding emergency escape or rescue windows. In conformance with current 
State law, requests for approval of emergency escape or rescue windows opening into 
courts or Light wells will be considered on a case-by-case basis when reasonably 
equivalency is proposed. 

: 2007 San Francisco Building Code 

- Section 104A.2,7, Modifications. 

- Section 104A.2.8, Alternate Materials, alternate design and methods of construction. 

- Section 1026 Access and Means of Egress Facilities and Emergency Escapes. 
DBI Administrative Bulletin AB-005, Procedures for Approval of Local Equivalencies 
DBI Administrative Bulletin AB-019, Local Equivalency for Approval of Fire Escapes as 

a Required Means of Egress 

Project sponsors may request the application of this local equivalency allowing emergency 
escape or rescue windows to open into a court or lightwell without strict compliance with 
the provisions of SFBC Section 1 026 when it can be demonstrated on a case-by-case basis 
that there are practical difficulties in meeting the provisions of the SFBC, that the 
modification is in conformance with the intent and purpose of the SFBC, and that 
reasonable equivalency is provided in fire-protection and structural integrity. 

Such proposed modification may be approved by the Department if it conforms with the below-listed standard 
provisions. The Department of Building Inspection and other City departments may impose additional 
requirements, in addition to those listed below, in the approval of any request for a code modification or alternate 
based upon individual building and property conditions. The San Francisco Fire Department may also review such 
case-by-case requests. 



DISCUSSION 



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If a project sponsor wishes to propose emergency escape or rescue windows opening into courts or Light wells 
which differ from those listed below, proposals for the use of alternate materials, designs, or methods of 
construction may be submitted for review in the same manner as for this Local Equivalency. The Department of 
Building Inspection may require that additional substantiation be provided supporting any claims made for such 
proposals. 

Procedure for Application of Local Equivalencies 

Project sponsors wishing to apply local equivalencies must fill out and submit the Request for Approval of Local 
Equivalency form (Attachment A). Fees to be paid and scheduling of review of requests are as noted on that form. 
Following DBI review, each request will either be approved, approved with conditions, disapproved, or placed on 
"Hold" pending submittal of additional information. 

Further details of procedures for the review of local equivalencies and appeal of departmental determinations may 
be found in Administrative Bulletin AB-005, Procedures for Approval of Local Equivalencies. 

Conditions of Local Equivalency 

Emergency escape or rescue windows opening into courts or Light wells without direct access to a yard or public 
way may be permitted on a case-by-case basis when the following provisions or approved equivalent provisions are 
met and the project sponsor provides documentation of the practical difficulties involved in carrying out the 
provisions of the regular code. 

The standard provisions for this local equivalency include: 

1 . The building in which the emergency escape or rescue windows are proposed shall not exceed four (4) stories 
in height. 

2. Emergency escape or rescue windows shall have access to a stairway, a fire escape or a permanently affixed 
balcony and ladder leading to a roof having a slope of not more than 4:12. Fire escape, balcony and ladder 
construction shall comply with Administrative Bulletin AB-019, Local Equivalency for Approval of Fire Escapes 
as a Required Means of Egress. Such stairway, fire escape or balcony and ladder shall have at least 50% net open 
area to allow the penetration of required light and ventilation. 

3. A level path of travel shall be provided on the roof to a stairway enclosure or to another approved exit. Such 
path of travel shall be not less than three (3) feet in width. 

4. Roofs used as part of the path of travel shall be at least one hour fire-rated. 

5. The building shall be fire sprinklered per applicable standards. 

6. A permit application and related submittal documents shall detail all construction which is approved as a result 
of this request for local equivalency. 

Attachment A: Request for Approval of Local Equivalency 



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Approved by the Building Inspection Commission on September 18, 2002 

Originally signed by: 

Gary Massetani, Fire Marshal 

October 9, 2002 

Frank Y. Chiu, Director 
October 3, 2002 



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ATTACHMENT A 




DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING INSPECTION 

City & County of San Francisco 

1660 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94103-2414 



REQUEST FOR APPROVAL OF LOCAL EQULV ALENCY FOR MODIFICATION 
OR ALTERNATE MATERIALS, DESIGN OR METHODS OF CONSTRUCTION 

DATE SUBMITTED P^^ote: This form shall be recorded as part of the 

permanent construction records of the property] 

If no permit application has been filed, a Preapplication Review Fee is required for review of a request for local 
equivalency or modification, per SFBC Table 1-B, Item 8. Additional fees may be required by Fire Department and 
other City review agencies. 

If a permit application has been filed, no additional fees are required for this review. 

Permit Application # 

Property Address: 

Block and Lot: I Occupancy Group: Type of Construction: No. of Stories: 

Describe Use of Building 



Under the authority of the 2007 San Francisco Building Code, Sections 104A.2.7 and 104A.2.8; the 2007 San 
Francisco Mechanical Code, Section 108.7; the 2007 San Francisco Electrical Code, Section 089.16; and the 2007 
San Francisco Plumbing Code, Section 108.7; the undersigned requests modifications of the provisions of these 
codes and/or approval of alternate materials, designs or methods of construction. Two copies of supporting 
documents, including plans showing the proposed modifications or alternate materials, design or methods of 
construction, are attached. 

Regular Code Requirement (specify Code and Sections) 



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Proposed Modification or Alternate 



Case-by-Case Basis of Request - Describe the practical difficulties presented in meeting the specific conditions of 
the code and how the proposed modification or alternate meets the intent of the code. A separate form should be 
filled for each requested modification or alternate. Attach copies of any Administrative Bulletin, Code Ruling, 
reference, test reports, expert opinions, etc., which support this request. The Department may require that an 
approved consultant be hired by the applicant to perform tests or analysis and to submit an evaluation report to the 
Department for consideration. 



Requested by: PROJECT SPONSOR ARCHITECT/ENGINEER 

Print Name: 

Signature: [PROFESSIONAL 

STAMP HERE] 
Telephone: 



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PLAN REVIEWER COMMENTS: 



RECOMMENDATIONS: Approve Approve with conditions Disapprove 

[signed off/dated by:] 

Plan Reviewer: ' 

Division Manager: 

for Director of 

Bldg. Inspection 

for Fire Marshal: 



CONDITIONS OF APPROVAL or OTHER COMMENTS 



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AB-019 



ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 



NO. AB-019 
Date 

SUBJECT 
TITLE 



September 18, 2002 (Updated 01/01/08 for code references.) 

Fire and Life Safety 

Local Equivalency for Approval of Fire Escapes as a Required Means of Egress 



PURPOSE 



REFERENCE 



: The purpose of this Administrative Bulletin is to provide standards and procedures for the 
application and case-by-case review of requests for a modification based on a local 
equivalency to allow fire escapes to serve as required means of egress where such means 
of egress do not strictly comply with the provisions of Section 1011 the 2007 San 
Francisco Building Code (SFBC). 

This bulletin permits the continuing application of code provisions of former editions of 
the SFBC allowing fire escapes to be used as required means of egress. In conformance 
with current State law, requests for approval of such fire escapes will be considered on a 
case-by-case basis when reasonably equivalency is proposed. 

; 2007 San Francisco Building Code 

- Section 104A.2.7, Modifications 

- Section 104A.2.8, Alternate materials, alternate design and methods of construction 

- Chapter 1 0, Means of Egress 

- 2007 California Building Code, Section 3404, Fire Escapes 
DBI Administrative Bulletin AB-005, Procedures for Approval of Local Equivalencies 

Project sponsors may request the application of this local equivalency allowing fire escapes 
when such means of egress do not meet the specific provisions of SFBC Chapter 10, 
Means of Egress, when it can be demonstrated on a case-by-case basis that there are 
practical difficulties in meeting the provisions of the SFBC, that the modification is in 
conformance with the intent and purpose of the SFBC, and that reasonable equivalency is 
provided in fire-protection and structural integrity. 

Such proposed modification may be approved by the Department of Building Inspection and the Fire Department 
if it conforms with the below listed standard provisions. The Department of Building Inspection (DBI) and other 
City departments may impose additional requirements, in addition to those listed below, in the approval of any 
request for a code modification or alternate based upon individual building and property conditions. The Planning 
Department and other agencies may also review such case-by-case requests. 

If a project sponsor wishes to propose fire escapes or other means of egress that differ from those listed below, 
proposals for the use of alternate materials, designs, or methods of construction may be submitted for review in the 
same manner as for this Local Equivalency. The Department of Building Inspection may require that additional 
substantiation be provided supporting any claims made for such proposals. 



DISCUSSION 



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Procedure for Application of Local Equivalencies 

Project sponsors wishing to apply local equivalencies must fill out and submit the Request for Approval of Local 
Equivalency form (Attachment A). Fees to be paid and scheduling of review of requests are as noted on that form. 
Following DBI review, each request will either be approved, approved with conditions, disapproved, or placed on 
"Hold" pending submittal of additional information. 

Further details of procedures for the review of local equivalencies and appeal of departmental determinations may 
be found in Administrative Bulletin AB-005, Procedures for Approval of Local Equivalencies. 

Conditions of Local Equivalency 

Fire escapes as means of required egress may be permitted on a case-by-case basis when the following provisions 
or approved equivalent provisions are met and the permit applicant provides documentation of the practical 
difficulties involved in carrying out the provisions of the regular code. 

For the local equivalency of fire escapes, code requirements for stairways may be met by fire escapes conforming 
to the requirements detailed below. This local equivalency shall not apply to new buildings which are under 
the jurisdiction of the San Francisco Fire Department. 

The standard provisions for this local equivalency include: 

1 . A fire escape may be installed to serve as one of the required means of egress for existing buildings of Groups 
B, F-1, M, R-1, R-2. R-3, S-1, and S-2 Occupancies when all of the following conditions are met: 

1.1. The building may not exceed four stories in height; and 

1 .2 The building has only one street frontage, and such street front is not more than 37 1/2 feet in width. A 
Group R building may have a second frontage, provided neither frontage exceeds 37 1/2 feet in width; and 

1.3 The total occupant load above the first floor does not exceed 50. Occupant load calculations shall be 
provided with submittal documents. 

2. Newly installed fire escapes for existing buildings shall conform to the following requirements: 

2.1 General. All fire escapes shall have an access to the roof, an inclined ladder connecting all balconies, and 
an approved means of access to the ground. 

2.2 Design. For design loads for fire escapes, see San Francisco Building Code, Tables 1 607. 1 , Uniform and 
Concentrated Loads, and 1 607.7. 1 , Special Loads. 

2.2. 1 Each fire escape balcony shall be supported independently and shall be designed to carry all dead 
and live loads of the balcony, ladders or stairs supported by it. 

2.2.2 In wood or light steel framed buildings, adequate provisions shall be made for carrying the load 
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2.3 Construction. Fire escapes shall be constructed entirely of hot-dipped galvanized steel or reinforced 
concrete. All welding, drilling, punching and riveting of the assemblies shall be done before galvanizing. 

2.3.1 Screws and lag screws shall not be used in construction and erection of fire escapes. 

2.3.2 Unless otherwise approved, slotted holes are allowed only for connecting balcony handrails to 
buildings. Length of slotted holes shall not exceed 2.5 times the bolt diameter. 

2.4 Openings. In buildings with fire-resistive exterior walls, where fire escapes are permitted, access openings 
to such fire escapes shall be protected by an approved self-closing 3/4-hour fire-resistive assembly. 

2.5 Access to fire escapes. 

2.5.1 Access shall be from a public hallway or corridor except for R-3 occupancies where access to a 
fire escape may be from a room. 

2.5.2 The opening to the fire escape shall be of a size as to permit the installation of a door not less than 
3 feet in width and not less than 6 feet 8 inches in height; the door shall be equipped with panic hardware and open 
outward. 

EXCEPTION: In buildings housing Group R Occupancies, where access to the fire escape balcony is from a single 
apartment or room, access may be provided by a window which, when open, provides clear dimensions of not less 
than 29 inches in width and not less than 59 inches in height. The sill of such window opening shall be not more 
than 24 inches above the floor. 

2.5.3 Exit doors and windows shall be openable from the inside without the use of a key or any special 
knowledge or effort. 

2.5.4 Manually operated edge- or surface-mounted flush bolts and surface bolts are prohibited. 

2.5.5 No sash, shutter, door or window shall be so fitted into the wall that its operation will reduce the 
required effective width or the required vertical clearance of landing runway, platform, ladder or stairs of a fire 
escape. 

2.5.6 In existing buildings, door openings to fire escapes shall be cut as near to the floor level as 
structural conditions will permit. 

2.6 Height and Clearance of Fire Escapes. 

2.6.1 There shall be a vertical clearance of not less than 10 feet underneath any fire escape balcony 
overhanging an area accessible to the public. This requirement shall apply to both fixed and movable sections. 

2.6.2 No part of a fire escape shall be less than 14 feet above a sidewalk, roadway, or public easement 
used as a roadway when any part of the fire escape overhangs the roadway or is within 2 feet of the outer edge of 
the sidewalk or curb. 

2.6.3 Fire escapes, when installed over streets or alleys, may project beyond the property line not more 
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2.7 Ladder or Stair to Ground. All fire escapes shall continue to the ground level. All fire escapes shall lead 
to exit courts, passageways or other means of egress which open to streets or alleys. 

Courts and passageways into which fire escapes lead shall be kept clear of obstructions at all times. 
Means of reaching the ground level from the lowest balcony of the fire escape shall be provided by one of the 
following methods: 

2.7. 1 A permanent inclined ladder or stair is required between balconies. 

2.7.2 A swinging counter-balanced inclined stair or ladder constructed as required herein. Each such 
stair or ladder shall be counter-balanced about a pivot by the use of weights securely fixed to a lever arm. The 
arrangement of the swing section, pivot and counterweights shall be such that: 

2.7.2. 1 A live load weight of 1 50 pounds, placed one step from the pivot, will not start the section 
downward. 

2.7.2.2 A live load weight of 1 50 pounds, placed one-fourth of the length of the swing section from 
the pivot, will positively cause it to swing down to grade. 

2.7.3 Each such stair or ladder shall have unobstructed width at least equal to the unobstructed width of 
the stationary ladder or stairs above it. Its enclosure and railings shall be so arranged as to make remote as possible 
any probability of injury to persons at its head or on the landing or platform adjacent thereto when the section 
swings downward. 

2.7.4 All ladders or stairs shall be provided with substantial handrail supported with intermediate posts 
spaced as required. 

2.7.5 The clearance between parts of the ladder or stair where the hands might be caught shall be at least 
4 inches. Approved "KEEP CLEAR" signs shall be provided in buildings below fire escapes. 

2.7.6 Permanent inclined ladders, swinging counter-balanced inclined ladders, stairs, or other devices 
when installed on any fire escape balcony, shall not be installed as to obstruct doorways, passageways, or other exits 
or means of egress. The terminal portion of such ladders or stairs shall end on a level surface of a size equivalent 
to a stair landing. 

2.7.7 The above ladders, stairs or devices shall not be installed so as to interfere with the use of dry 
standpipes, sprinkler inlet connections, flush valves for refrigerants or any other similar devices. 

2.8 Access to Roof. The fire escape shall extend to the roof of buildings having roofs with a slope of less than 
4 in 12. 

EXCEPTION: Group R Occupancies when serving only one dwelling unit. 

2.8.1 A gooseneck ladder not exceeding 12 feet in height shall extend vertically from the balcony to and 
above the roof of the building. The sides of the ladder shall extend 3 feet above the fire wall or roof and shall be 
returned and connected to the roof behind the parapet or edge of roof. 



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2.8.2 The gooseneck ladder shall be securely braced and fastened to the outside wall and to the top of 
the parapet or roof. It shall not be placed in front of any opening in the wall of the building and shall have at least 
8 inches' clearance from the wall. 

2.8.3 Openings in architectural projections, such as cornices, etc., for the passage of fire escape ladders 
shall be not less than 24 inches in width and 40 inches at right angles to the ladder. 

2.9 Balcony Requirements. 

2.9.1 Fire escape balcony platforms shall be not more than 8 inches below the door sill or 18 inches 
below the windowsill giving access to the fire escape. 

2.9.2 Every fire escape balcony shall be not less than 44 inches in width and not less than 10 feet in 
length inclusive of railings. 

EXCEPTIONS: 

1. On existing buildings where the existing construction will not permit a balcony 10 feet in 
length, special balconies may be installed subject to the approval of the Director. 

2. Balconies of 30 inches by 60 inches may be permitted when serving emergency escape or 
rescue windows or when serving ladders to the roof 

2.9.3 Ladder or stair openings in standard fire escape balcony floors shall be not less than 22 inches by 
48 inches, and shall be at least 20 inches from the end railings. 

2.9.4 A passageway not less than 20 inches wide shall be provided next to the building, 

2.9.5 The height of balcony balustrades shall conform to Section 1013.2. 

2.9.6 The area between the top rail and the floor of the balcony shall be protected by balusters, gratings, 
grills, solid panels or some similar noncombustible filling, except that material of less than 12 gauge expanded metal 
or wire mesh shall not be used. 

2.9.7 Balusters, gratings, grills, and approved panels or fillings shall meet design load requirements. 
The balusters and intermediate rails shall be placed so that a 4-inch diameter ball cannot pass through the balustrade. 

2.10 Ladder Requirements. 

2.10.1 Where ladders are permitted they shall be not less than 1 8 inches wide, and the distance between 
rungs shall be not more than 12 inches. 

2.10.2 Ladders between landings shall be not less than 18 inches in width. 

2.10.3 No vertical ladder shall be less than 8 inches from the wall of the building. 

2.10.4 No part of any inclined ladder shall be less than 21 inches from the building. 



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2.10.5 Ladders shall have an inclination of not less than 4 inches measured horizontally to each 12 
inches of vertical height, except for new fire escapes serving R-1 and R-2 Occupancies, the inclination shall be no 
greater than 60 degrees from horizontal. 

2. 1 0.6 Treads shall be at least 4 inches in width and not more than 12 inches apart. 

2.10.7 Treads shall be checkered plate, carborundum impregnated steel or other nonslip material, except 
that treads on existing fire escapes may be replaced in kind. 

2.11.1 Balconies and Platforms. Platform grating bars for all balconies shall be not less than 1 1/2 x 5/1 6 
inch and shall be placed not more than 1 inch apart. Grating bars shall be tied together with at least two intermediate 
crossbars, not less than 1 1/2 x 3/8 inch in cross section. Grating bars on platforms shall be placed flat and shall be 
securely bolted to the supporting members with l^-inch diameter galvanized machine bolts. 

2.11.1.1 The outside frames carrying the gratings shall be not less than 2x2x1/4 inch angles 
which shall extend all around the platform and be securely bolted to the channel iron outriggers or bearing beams 
with not less than 1/2-inch diameter galvanized machine bolts. 

2.11.1.2 The top rail of all balconies shall be not less than 2 inches by 3/8 inch. Splices are not 
permitted in rails unless approved by the Director. At outside comers, the intersection of top rails shall be made with 
a 2-inch minimum radius curve by grinding or other means. 

2.11.1.3 In platforms more than 1 feet in length, the rails shall be reinforced with intermediate 
brackets. 

2. 1 1 . 1 .4 The horizontal rails shall be connected by means of a 6-inch channel or 3/8-inch hot 
bent plate, at the building, and anchored into same with 5/8-inch diameter galvanized through-bolts with the nuts 
on the outside of the wall. 

2.11.1.5 The balusters, where used, shall be not less than 3/4 x 1/4 inch in cross-section. 

2.11.1.6 The finish on the balconies shall not extend outside the rail. 

2. 1 1 .2 Balcony Supports. 

2.11.2,1 Masonry Buildings. 

2.11.2.1.1 Cantilever supports for masonry buildings shall be spaced not more than 
5 feet apart. 

2. 1 1 .2. 1 .2 Cantilevers carrying the ends of balconies shall be of not less than 4 
C 5.4 channels, and the intermediate cantilevers shall be not less than 4 1 7.7 beams. 

2.11.2.1.3 Unless otherwise approved by the Director, all cantilevers shall go 
through the wall and have two 3x3x1/4 inch angle clips at the inside line of wall, and the allowable compression 
stresses of the masonry shall not be exceeded. 

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2.11 .2.2 Wood Frame Buildings. 

2. 1 1 .2.2. 1 Bracket supports for wood frame buildings shall be spaced not more than 



5 feet apart. 



2. 1 1 .2.2.2 The horizontal members shall be installed with a minimum pitch of !/4 inch 
per foot away from the building. 

2. 1 1 .2.2.3 Penetrations through weather-resistive barriers shall be thoroughly flashed 
and sealed. 

2. 1 1 .2.2.4 The horizontal member of the intermediate brackets shall be not less than 
5 C 6.7 channel placed flat, or 2 1/2x2 1/2 x 1/4 inch angle, and the diagonal strut shall be not less than 2 1/2 x 
2 1/2x1/4 inch angle. The end brackets may be constructed from 3 C 4.1 channel for the horizontal member and 
2 1/2 X 2 X 1/4 inch angle for the diagonal. 

2.11.2.2.5 The connecting angle for the horizontal member on all brackets to the 
building shall not be less than 4x4x3/8 inch angle with 7/8-inch diameter galvanized bolts through the outer wall 
to heavy timber beams or joists of balconies. 

2.1 1 .2.2.6 The diagonal strut shall be secured to the building with 5/8-inch diameter 
galvanized bolts. 

2.1 1.2.2.7 All bolts extending through the wall of heavy timber beams or joists shall 
have washers at the outside of the wall and shall be placed so that the thread and nuts will show on the outside face 
of the wall. 

2. 1 1 .2.2.8 Penetrations through weather-resistive barriers shall be thoroughly flashed 
and sealed. 

2. 1 1 .2.2.9 All studs receiving the brackets shall be not less than 4 inches by 4 inches 
nominal size. 

2.11.2.2.10 Alternative support methods may be used, provided the design is in 
accordance with other design provisions of this code. 

2. 1 1 ,3 Inclined ladders. 

2.1 1 .3.1 Inclined ladder stringers and treads shall be not less than 4 x 1/4 inch plates. 

2.1 1 .3.2 Treads shall be riveted or welded to stringers. A continuous fillet weld on all sides and 
edges of the treads shall be provided when welding is used. 

2. 1 1 .3.3 All inclined ladders shall be provided with substantial railings of not less than 1 5/16 inches 
outside diameter galvanized pipe, supported by not less than 1 1/4 xl/4 inch intermediate standards spaced as 
required and adequately bolted to the ladder rails. 



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2. 1 1 .4 Vertical Ladders. 

2.11.4.1 Ladders shall be constructed with not less than 2 1/2 x 3/8 inch side rails with a 
maximum space of 8 feet and with 3/4-inch diameter rungs placed 12 inches apart. 

2.11 .4.2 Where vertical ladders join they shall be connected with not less than four 1/2-inch 
diameter galvanized machine bolts on each side. 

2. 1 1 .4.3 Square comers will not be permitted on roof ladders. All roof ladder railings extending 
above and over the parapet wall or roof shall be rounded to a radius of not less than 3 inches. 

2.12 Exit Lighting. Exterior illumination of one foot-candle (10.76 lx)oflighting to shall be provided in 
accordance with Section 1006 on the walking surface of the fire escape. 

3 . Any fire escape shall lead to a complying means of egress. 

4. A permit application and related submittal documents shall detail all construction which is approved as a result 
of this request for local equivalency. No work to install fire escapes as a required means of egress on existing 
buildings shall be done prior to approval of such permit application and issuance of a permit. 

Attachment A: Request for Approval of Local Equivalency 

Approved by the Building Inspection Commission on September 1 8, 2002 

Originally signed by: 

Gary Massetani, Fire Marshal 

October 9, 2002 

Frank Y. Chiu, Director 
October 3, 2002 



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ATTACHMENT A 




DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING INSPECTION 

City & County of San Francisco 

1660 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94103-2414 



REQUEST FOR APPROVAL OF LOCAL EQUIVALENCY FOR MODIFICATION 
OR ALTERNATE MATERIALS, DESIGN OR METHODS OF CONSTRUCTION 

DATE SUBMITTED [Note: This form shall be recorded as part of the 

permanent construction records of the property] 

If no permit application has been filed, a Preapplication Review Fee is required for review of a request for local 
equivalency or modification, per SFBC Table 1-B, Item 8. Additional fees may be required by Fire Department and 
other City review agencies. 

If a permit application has been filed, no additional fees are required for this review. 

Permit Application # 

Property Address: 

Block and Lot: I Occupancy Group: Type of Construction: No. of Stories: 

Describe Use of Building 



Under the authority of the 2007 San Francisco Building Code, Sections 104A.2.7 and 104A.2.8; the 2007 San 
Francisco Mechanical Code, Section 108.7; the 2007 San Francisco Electrical Code, Section 089.16; and the 2007 
San Francisco Plumbing Code, Section 108.7; the undersigned requests modifications of the provisions of these 
codes and/or approval of alternate materials, designs or methods of construction. Two copies of supporting 
documents, including plans showing the proposed modifications or alternate materials, design or methods of 
construction, are attached. 

Regular Code Requirement (specify Code and Sections) 



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Proposed Modification or Alternate 



Case-by-Case Basis of Request - Describe the practical difficulties presented in meeting the specific conditions of 
the code and how the proposed modification or alternate meets the intent of the code. A separate form should be 
filled for each requested modification or alternate. Attach copies of any Administrative Bulletin, Code Ruling, 
reference, test reports, expert opinions, etc., which support this request. The Department may require that an 
approved consultant be hired by the applicant to perform tests or analysis and to submit an evaluation report to the 
Department for consideration. 



Requested by: PROJECT SPONSOR ARCHITECT/ENGINEER 
Print Name: 

Signature: [PROFESSIONAL 

STAMP HERE] 
Telephone: 



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PLAN REVIEWER COMMENTS: 



RECOMMENDATIONS: Approve Approve with conditions Disapprove 
[signed off/dated by:] 

Plan Reviewer: 

Division Manager: . 

for Director of 

Bldg. Inspection 

for Fire Marshal: 



CONDITIONS OF APPROVAL or OTHER COMMENTS 



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AB-020 



ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 



NO. AB-020 
DATE 
SUBJECT 
TITLE 



September 18, 2002 (Updated 01/01/2008 for code references) 

Fire and Life Safety 

Local Equivalency for Exiting Through a Garage Area for Type V, Group R Buildings 



• 



PURPOSE 



REFERENCE 



: The purpose of this Administrative Bulletin is to provide standards and procedures for the 
application and case-by-case review of requests for a Local Equivalency to allow exiting 
from a rear yard through garages in Type V [wood frame], Group R Occupancies when 
such paths of exit travel do not strictly comply with the provisions of the 2007 San 
Francisco Building Code (SFBC). 

This bulletin permits the continuing application of code provisions of former editions of 
the SFBC regarding exiting through Group R garages. In conformance with current State 
law, requests for approval of this alternate path of exit travel will be considered on a 
case-by-case basis when reasonably equivalency is proposed. 

: 2007 San Francisco Building Code 

- Section 104A.2.7, Modifications. 

- Section 104A.2.8, Alternate materials, alternate design and methods of construction. 

- Chapter 10, Means of Egress. 
DBI Administrative Bulletin AB-005, Procedures for Approval of Local Equivalencies 

Project sponsors may request the application of this Local Equivalency allowing exiting 
through a garage without strict compliance with the provisions of SFBC Chapter 10 when 
it can be demonstrated on a case-by-case basis that there are practical difficulties in 
meeting the provisions of the SFBC, that the modification is in conformance with the intent 
and purpose of the SFBC, and that reasonable equivalency is provided in fire-protection 
and structural integrity. 

Such proposed modification may be approved by the Department if it conforms with the below listed standard 
provisions. The Department of Building Inspection and other City departments may impose additional 
requirements, in addition to those listed below, in the approval of any request for a code modification or alternate 
based upon individual building and property conditions. The San Francisco Fire Department may also review such 
case-by-case requests. 

If a project sponsor wishes to propose means of egress which differ from those listed below, proposals for the use 
of alternate materials, designs, or methods of construction may be submitted for review in the same manner as for 
this Local Equivalency. The Department of Building Inspection may require that additional substantiation be 
provided supporting any claims made for such proposals. 



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Procedure for Application of Local Equivalencies 

Project sponsors wishing to apply local equivalencies must fill out and submit the Request for Approval of Local 
Equivalency Form. Fees to be paid and scheduling of review are as noted on that form. Following DBI review, each 
request will be approved, approved with conditions, disapproved, or placed on "Hold" pending submittal of 
additional information. 

Further details of procedures for the review of local equivalencies and appeal of departmental determinations may 
be found in Administrative Bulletin AB-005, Procedures for Approval of Local Equivalencies. 

Conditions of Local Equivalency ^ 

A required exit access from dwelling units in a Type V, Group R occupancy may be permitted to use a garage as 
part of the exit access on a case-by-case basis when all of the following provisions or other approved equivalent 
provisions are met and when the project sponsor provides documentation of the practical difficulties involved in 
carrying out the provisions of the regular code. 

The standard provisions of Local Equivalency include: 

1. The entire garage area and any covered driveway area shall be provided with ordinary-temperature, 
quick-response fire sprinklers; and 

2. The building has only one street frontage, and such street frontage is not greater than 37-1/2 feet; and 

3. The path of exit travel through the garage shall be marked by at least 2 inches wide stripes placed parallel at 
24 inches on center in clearly contrasting colors. The marked path shall be at least 1 feet wide, except that portions 
may be 3 feet wide when used solely for exiting and when separated from any parking area or covered driveway 
by permanent noncombustible railings or building walls at least 3 feet high. Such railings or building walls shall 
extend the full length of the pathway on each side, and any railings shall be set in a concrete curb at least 12 inches 
high and 8 inches thick; and 

4. The path of exit travel through the garage shall be posted with a permanent, prominently displayed sign in 
block letters not less than 3 inches in height reading: "EXIT PATH. DO NOT OBSTRUCT"; and 

5 . All doorways or openings in the path of exit travel shall be a minimum of three feet wide. Sliding and overhead 
doors shall not be permitted in buildings under the jurisdiction of the San Francisco Fire Department. In other 
buildings, sliding and overhead doors shall not be permitted when the occupant load served is greater than ten. Any 
door installed in the path of exit travel shall meet the requirements of SFBC Section 1008.1; and 

6. The path of exit travel shall be illuminated in accordance with SFBC Section 1006; and 

7. A permit application and related submittal documents shall detail all construction which is approved as a result 
of this request for local equivalency. No work to create a required exit which passes through a garage in a Type 
V, Group R Occupancy shall be done prior to approval and issuance of such permit application. 



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Attachment A: Request for Approval of Local Equivalency 

Approved by the Building Inspection Commission on September 18, 2002 

Originally signed by: 

Gary Massetani, Fire Marshal 

October 9, 2002 

Frank Y. Chiu, Director 
October 3, 2002 



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ATTACHMENT A 




DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING mSPECTION 

City & County of San Francisco 

1660 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94103-2414 



REQUEST FOR APPROVAL OF LOCAL EQUIVALENCY FOR MODIFICATION 
OR ALTERNATE MATERIALS, DESIGN OR METHODS OF CONSTRUCTION 

DATE SUBMITTED [Note: This form shall be recorded as part of the 

permanent construction records of the property] 

If no permit application has been filed, a Preapplication Review Fee is required for review of a request for local 
equivalency or modification, per SFBC Table 1-B, Item 8. Additional fees may be required by Fire Department and 
other City review agencies. 

If a permit application has been filed, no additional fees are required for this review. 

Permit Application # 

Property Address: 

Block and Lot: I Occupancy Group: Type of Construction: No. of Stories: 

Describe Use of Building 



Under the authority of the 2007 San Francisco Building Code, Sections 104A.2.7 and 104A.2.8; the 2007 San 
Francisco Mechanical Code, Section 108.7; the 2007 San Francisco Electrical Code, Section 089.16; and the 2007 
San Francisco Plumbing Code, Section 108.7; the undersigned requests modifications of the provisions of these 
codes and/or approval of alternate materials, designs or methods of construction. Two copies of supporting 
documents, including plans showing the proposed modifications or alternate materials, design or methods of 
construction, are attached. 

Regular Code Requirement (specify Code and Sections) 




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Proposed Modification or Alternate 



Case-by-Case Basis of Request - Describe the practical difficulties presented in meeting the specific conditions of 
the code and how the proposed modification or alternate meets the intent of the code. A separate form should be 
filled for each requested modification or alternate. Attach copies of any Administrative Bulletin, Code Ruling, 
reference, test reports, expert opinions, etc., which support this request. The Department may require that an 
approved consultant be hired by the applicant to perform tests or analysis and to submit an evaluation report to the 
Department for consideration. 



Requested by: PROJECT SPONSOR ARCHITECT/ENGINEER 
Print Name: 

Signature: [PROFESSIONAL 

STAMP HERE] 
Telephone: 



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PLAN REVIEWER COMMENTS: 



RECOMMENDATIONS: Approve Approve with conditions Disapprove 

[signed off/dated by:] 

Plan Reviewer: 

Division Manager: 

for Director of 

Bldg. Inspection 

for Fire Marshal: 



CONDITIONS OF APPROVAL or OTHER COMMENTS 



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AB-023 



ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 



NO. AB-023 
DATE 
SUBJECT 
TITLE 



September 18, 2002 (Updated 01/01/08 for code references) 
Plan Review; Permit Process 
Tower Crane Site Safety Plans 



REFERENCE 



PURPOSE : The purpose of this Administrative Bulletin is to detail procedures regarding tower crane 

safety which comply with the intent of 2007 San Francisco Building Code Section 1 704. 19. 

Implementation of the intent of the code requires that a contractor identify the location of 
proposed crane operations on a Crane Site Safety Plan and agree to comply with tower 
crane safety regulations; to require the presence of a safety representative during tower 
crane erection, jumping, and dismantling and to prohibit these operations during typical 
rush hours; and to require employment of a flag-person to redirect traffic when loads are 
lifted over public streets and walkways during typical rush hours. 

: 2007 San Francisco Building Code 

- Volume 2, Section 1704.19 
Administrative Bulletin AB-046: Special Inspection and Structural Observation Procedures 
Title 8, Occupational Safety and Health Regulations (CAL/OSHA), Chapter 5, Cranes 
Title 8, Group 13, General Industry Safety Orders, Article 96, Tower Cranes re: 

Requirements for erection, dismantling, operation, tests/examination of equipment 

and accessory gear. 

Following a tower crane collapse in November 1989, the State of California passed 
legislation regulating certain tower crane operations. The San Francisco Board of 
Supervisors approved an ordinance based on that state legislation, adding a section 
regarding tower crane safety requirements to the San Francisco Building Code (SFBC). 

Crane safety remains under the jurisdiction of Cal/OSHA, which requires an inspection certification prior to and 
following erection of a tower crane. While DBI has no authority over, and its employees have no expertise in, the 
regulation of tower cranes, the following forms and procedures were developed to administer the San Francisco 
Building Code requirements. 

Definitions 

For the purposes of this Administrative Bulletin, the following definitions apply: 

1 . Contractor is the building contractor licensed by the State of California responsible for tower crane site safety 
for the project. 



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2 . Tower crane is a crane in which a boom, swinging j ib, or other structural member is mounted on a vertical mast 
or tower, and includes the following subcategories as defined by Cal/OSHA General Industry Safety Orders, 
Article 91, 4885(U)(l-4): 

a. Tower crane (climber) is a crane erected upon and supported by a building or other structure which may 
be raised or lowered to different floors or levels of the building or structure. 

b. Tower crane (free standing) is a crane with a horizontally swinging boom which may be on a fixed base 
or mounted on rails. 

c. Tower crane (mobile) is a tower crane which is mounted on a crawler, truck or similar carrier for travel 
or transit. 

d. Tower crane (self-erector) is a mobile tower crane that is truck-carrier mounted and capable of 
self-erection. 

3. Jumping a crane is the process of increasing the height of a tower crane by raising the cab and inserting a 
modular section beneath it. 

General Requirements 

A Crane Site Safety Plan is to be submitted the Department of Building Inspection (DBI), Plan Review Services 
(PRS) Division for review prior to issuance of the superstructure addendum to the site permit for any high-rise 
building site on which a tower crane will be used. 

Procedure 

Any site permit application submitted to DBI for a high-rise construction project shall have a notation made by the 
plan reviewer regarding the requirements for submittal of a Crane Site Safety Plan. When the contractor confirms 
that a tower crane will be used, the following procedure is to be followed: 

1. The contractor shall obtain from the Department of Building Inspection a Crane Site Safety Plan Submittal 
form and Crane Safety Compliance Agreement (Attachment A). 

2. The contractor shall indicate on a plan attached to the submittal form the use aiid location of tower cranes by 
circling the applicable areas on the plan and by numbering the circled areas according to the corresponding 
location listed on the form. 

Note: A site plan showing what streets will be impacted by the moving, erection, and operation of the tower 
crane is required by DPW in order to obtain a street use permit for crane erection. That site plan can be used 
as the crane site safety plan by adding the necessary additional information. 

3 . The contractor shall submit to the Plan Review Services Division two copies of the Crane Site Safety Plan with 
a Submittal Form and Safety Compliance Agreement attached to each plan. 

4. The plans examiner will review the submittals to determine of all documents comprising the Crane Site Safety 
Plan are complete and if the Submittal Forms and Safety Compliance Agreements are signed by a California 
licensed contractor. If the documents are not complete they v^ill be returned to the contractor for correction 
and resubmittal. 



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5. The plans examiner shall stamp as "approved" both copies of a properly submitted Crane Site Safety Plan and 
shall provide one copy to the contractor for posting at the job site. 

6. The plans examiner shall attach these documents to the approved construction documents for inclusion in the 
permanent project record. 

7. The contractor shall submit to the Plan Review Services Division a copy of a tower crane inspection certificate 
issued by a Cal/OSHA approved inspection agency following erection of the tower crane and prior to its use. 
This may be done by mail or in person. This submittal must indicate the site permit application number for the 
project. 

8. DBI shall include the Cal/OSHA Crane Inspection Certificate as part of the approved construction documents. 

9. If the tower crane foundation was not included in the approved building permit or the approved foundation 
addendum to a site permit, then the contractor shall obtain a building permit for the tower crane foundation. 
The contractor shall submit to the Plan Review Services Division for review drawings and calculations for the 
tower crane foundation. 

10. All documents submitted to DBI related to Crane Site Safety shall be microfilmed as part of the approved 
permit documents. 

Approved by the Building Inspection Commission 
September 18, 2002 

Originally signed by: 
Frank Y. Chiu, Director 
October 3, 2002 

Update reviewed by: 

Laurence M. Komfield 
Chief Building Inspector 
DBI, Technical Services Division 
November 29, 2007 

Effective Date: January 1, 2008 

Attachment: Crane Site Safety Plan Submittal Form and Crane Safety Compliance Agreement. 



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CRANE SITE SAFETY PLAN SUBMITTAL FORM 
& CRANE SAFETY COMPLIANCE AGREEMENT 

[Attach form to each copy of plans submitted] 

Project Address Permit Application No. Date 

Name of Applicant Phone 



D A. Attached are two (2) copies of a Crane Site Safety Plan which includes the required information, circled 
and marked with applicable numbers on the Plan: 

1 . Location of tower crane on the construction site 

2. Location of tower crane in adjoining streets 

3 . Location of crane-related designated loading areas 

4. Location of crane-related designated storage areas 

5. Tower crane foundation design and details (may be submitted on separate sheet) 

D B. Copy of Cal/OSHA permit for the erection and operation of a crane is attached, and if required, a copy 
of California crane operator(s) license(s). 

D C. Crane is to be used for: [ ] Steel erection [ ] Concrete placement [ ] Other: 

D D. I will comply with all of the following requirements: 

1 . Applicable CAL/OSHA safety requirements. 

2. Crane manufacturer safety requirements. 

3. Safety representative: I will not allow installing, increasing the height ("jumping"), or dismantling 
of a crane without a safety representative of the crane manufacturer, distributor, or a representative 
of a licensed crane certifier being present on site for consultation during all such procedures. 

4. Prohibited hours: I will not allow installing, increasing the height ("jumping"), or dismantling of a 
crane during the weekday hours (excluding holidays) of 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. or between the hours 
of 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. 

5 . Flag person: I will assure that no crane will lift a load over roadways or pedestrian walkways during 
the hours of 7:00 a.m. through 9:00 a.m. and during the hours of 4:30 p.m. through 7:00 p.m. without 
a flag person directing the flow of pedestrian and automobile traffic away from the area where the 
load is being lifted. 



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D E. I will submit a copy of the crane inspection certificate to DEI after erection of the crane and prior to its 
use. 



Contractor responsible for Crane Site Safety CA Contractor License No. 

Received by: Date 

DBI Plan Reviewer 



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AB-025 



ADMIMSTRATIVE BULLETIN 



NO. AB-025 
DATE 
SUBJECT 
TITLE 



October 30, 1984 (Updated 01/01/08 for code references) 

Permit Process; Inspection 

Preapplication Requirement for State Industrial Safety Permit for Certain 
Trenching, Demolition, and Construction Activities 



PURPOSE 
REFERENCES 

DISCUSSION 



: Require Cal/OSHA Industrial Safety Permit before issuing DBI permits. 

: 2007 San Francisco Building Code 

State Health & Safety Code, Section 17922.5 
State Labor Code, Section 6500 

: Section 1 7922.5 of the State Health & Safety Code requires local agencies that issue 
building permits to require building permit applicants to obtain a State Industrial 
Safety Permit prior to issuance of the local building permit. 

Specifically, the State Industrial Safety Permit is required for the following categories 
of construction as defined in the "red and white tag" designated below: 

STATE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY PERMIT 

The attached application falls under the Labor Code Section 6500 in that it involves the type of construction work 
checked below: 

• Construction of trenches or excavations that are five feet or deeper and into which a person is required to 
descend. 

• The construction of any building, structure, falsework, or scaffolding more than three stories high or the 
equivalent height (36 ft.). 

• The demolition of any building, structure, falsework, or scaffold, more than three stories high or the equivalent 
height 

Central Permit Bureau shall notify the applicant by mail after the need for the State Industrial Safety Permit has been 
ascertained by the affected Divisions and the "red and white tag" affixed to the office copy of the permit application 
as follows: 



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DIVISION 



2007 SAN FRANCISCO BUILDING CODE 



APPLICATION 
FORM 


RESPONSIBLE 
PERSONNEL 


RED & WHITE 
PROCEDURE 


3 


District Bldg. Inspector 


Check appropriate box 
and attach to application 


3 


CED Bldg. Inspector 


(( 


3 


UMB/F'arapet Bldg. 
Inspector 


(( 


1&2 


Plan Checker/Engineer 


(( 


3, 4, 5, 6, 1, 8 


Plan Checker 


C( 



BID 

CED 
UMB/Parapet 

MPC 
RPC/CPC 



PROJECTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION 

It is the District Inspector's responsibility to review his or her job cards for construction that may fall under the 
categories herein defined and for which proof that the contractor or owner's agent has a State Industrial Safety 
Permit is mandatory. In those cases where proof is required, the Building Inspector is to contact the contractor and 
ask to see the State permit. If none is available, a Notice of Violation shall be given immediately to the Contractor 
or Owner's representative at the job site. Unless proof of compliance has been shown within 5 days of the date of 
the notification, the permit is to be suspended on the 6th day and the job shut down. This review of "on-going" 
projects shall be instituted as soon as possible. 

Originally signed by: 

Robert C. Levy, Superintendent, BBI 



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AB-026 



ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 



NO. AB-026 
DATE 
SUBJECT 
TITLE 



December 21, 1984 (Updated 01/01/08 for code references) 

Plan Check; Inspection 

Noise Insulation Enforcement Procedures 



PURPOSE 



REFERENCES 



DISCUSSION 



Enforcement of State mandated noise insulation requirements for new residential 
buildings 

2007 San Francisco Building Code Section 1207 

- California Health and Safety Code, State Housing Law, Section 17922.6, 17922.7 

- Fire Resistance Design Manual, prepared by the Gypsum Assoc, 1 7* Edition 

There has been some confusion and variations among Department personnel on the 
enforcement of Title 24 requirements for noise insulation. This bulletin consolidates 
current Department procedures and policies on the subject, and supersedes all 
previous interpretations and procedures. 

The State regulations deal only with insulation against airborne noises such as caused by stereos and loud 
conversations (the STC rating), and against impact noises such as caused by walking or scraping a chair on a hard 
floor surface (the IIC rating). The criteria for compliance consists solely of meeting the prescriptive requirement 
of 50, or the field test requirement of 45. 

There are many other sources of noise which could be significant irritants to building occupants, but which the 
regulations do not cover. DBI does not follow through on complaints about such noise sources. Examples include 
appliance noises, such as from garbage disposals, dishwashers and washing machines; mechanical equipment noises, 
such as from garage door openers, elevators and compressors; and plumbing system noises, such as from water 
hammer, flushing toilets and running water. 

When there is doubt as to whether the completed building complies with the STC and IIC ratings, the Department 
can require the owner to obtain and pay for field testing to verify values of 45 of higher before a CFC is issued. 
Inspectors must discuss a situation with the Chief Inspector before requiring testing. 

If a complaint is made to DBI over alleged non-compliance with STC or IIC requirements in a new building, DBI 
may require the owner to have field testing performed, but only after the complainant posts a bond to cover the cost 
of testing. In the event the test results show compliance (45 of higher), the cost of the testing must be paid by the 
complainant. If the tests show non-compliance, the owner will be required to take measures to increase the ratings 
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Field testing is performed to applicable provisions of ASTM E90, E413, and E492. The testing agency and 
procedures must be pre-approved by DEL 

APPLICABILITY 

The noise insulation requirements apply only to residential use buildings for which permits were applied after 
August22, 1974, i.e. to Form 1 and 2 applications. They do not apply to buildings constructed before 1974 in which 
new units are created through alterations, additions or changes of use. 

REQUIREMENTS 

1 . Wall and floor-ceiling assemblies which separate living units or guest rooms from each other, or from common 
areas of the building such as hallways and garages, must meet a Sound Transmission Class (STC) of 50. 

2. Floor-ceiling assemblies must meet an Impact Insulation Class (IIC) of 50. 
PLAN CHECKING PROCEDURE 

The Plan Reviewer shall do and/or obtain the following: 

1 . Check that every party wall and party floor-ceiling on the floor plans are referenced to cross-sections which 
clearly show the construction of the assemblies. Give specific attention to areas with dropped ceilings and luminous 
ceilings. 

2. Check the Catalog of STC & EC Ratings, prepared by the State of Office of Noise Control, the Fire Resistance 
Design Manual, prepared by the Gypsum Association, and /or other standards, to see if a comparable wall assembly 
has an STC of 50 or higher. If an assembly has been accepted by the Department through the product approval 
process, check the approval or its file for possible STC ratings. Where no comparable assembly is found, the plan 
reviewer may estimate the STC rating by comparing the assembly against a listed assembly which appears to have 
slightly more mass and/or insulation features, and with another assembly which has less. In this manner, it is often 
possible to extrapolate an STC for a listed assembly. Before doing so, checkers should have studied the listings in 
the Catalog of STC & IIC Ratings the Fire Resistance Design Manual, or other standards, sufficiently to understand 
how mass and/or insulation features affect the STC ratings. Where such estimates cannot be made with a fairly high 
degree of confidence, the plan reviewer should ask the designer to either revise the plans to use a listed assembly 
with an STC of 50 or higher, or to provide test reports for the shown assembly which justify ratings of 50 or higher. 

3 . Floor-ceiling assemblies should be checked in a manner similar to Step 2 for an IIC rating of 50 or higher. If 
the IIC is achieved through the use of carpet and padding, the plans must be annotated to indicate which areas 
require them, and that the installation of carpets is mandatory. 

4. The plans must be annotated to require the following: 

- The bottom plate in party walls must be caulked. 

- Penetrations or openings in party walls and floor-ceilings for piping, electrical switches and outlets, recessed 
light fixtures, recessed cabinets, bathtubs and ducts must be sealed, lined, insulated, or otherwise treated to maintain 
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- Dwelling unit entrance doors from interior corridors, together with their perimeter seals, must attain an STC 
of 30 or higher. 

5. Check that electrical switches and outlets in party walls are not installed back-to-back in the same stud space. 
Check that recessed light fixtures are not installed in party floor-ceilings unless such devices are boxed in with 
materials equivalent to the surface materials, and further that the joints in such boxes, and openings for wiring, are 
caulked. Check that recessed medicine cabinets have not been installed in party walls. Check that the bottom plate 
in party walls are caulked. For bathtubs located adjacent to party walls, check that sheetrock or wallcovering extend 
below the top edge of the tub down to the floor. 

6. When buildings on adjacent lots have common courts or light wells, and both buildings have windows opening 
onto them, the windows must be located at least 3 feet from the common property line (i.e. 6 feet between edges 
or faces of windows). Alternatively, special acoustical treatment may be provided which will attain STC 50 (or 45 
if field tested). 

INSPECTION PROCEDURE 

The Building Inspector in BED shall do the following: 

1 . Pay specific attention to the construction of party walls and party floor-ceilings during the frame inspection 
to see that materials, sound blankets, dimensions, clearances, etc. are as shown on the sections of the approved 
plans. Check that luminous or dropped ceilings will not be installed in party floor-ceilings unless they are shown 
on the approved plans. 

If changes were made from the approved plans, the Inspector may accept the as-constructed assembly only if 
he or she can find a very similar assembly listed in the Catalog of STC & EC Ratings, prepared by the State of 
Office of Noise Control or the Fire Resistance Design Manual, prepared by the Gypsum Association. Failing that, 
the inspector should make a sketch of the as-built assembly and refer it to the plan checker for review. Meanwhile, 
the inspector shall not approve the frame inspection. If the contractor does not want to be delayed by such a review, 
or if the plan checker concludes the as-built assembly will not meet an STC or IIC of 50, the Inspector should inform 
the contractor of the option to alter the construction to comply, or to test the completed building for ratings of 45. 
If the contractor decides to test, he or she must notify the Inspector in writing. Inform the contractor that if the 
testing shows non-compliance, the cost of correction would likely be much higher at that stage than at the frame 
stage. 

2. Check that electrical switches and outlets in party walls are not installed back-to-back in the same stud space. 
Check that recessed light fixtures are not installed in party floor-ceilings unless such devices are boxed in with 
materials equivalent to the surface materials, and further that the joints in such boxes, and openings for wiring, are 
caulked. Check that recessed medicine cabinets have not been installed in party walls. Check that the bottom plate 
in party walls are caulked. For bathtubs located adjacent to party walls, check that sheetrock or wallcovering extend 
below the top edge of the tub down to the floor. 

3 . Interior hallway doors are required to be 20 minutes rated (i.e. solid core). Thus they may be presumed to meet 
the STC 30 rating. However, check that the perimeter seals are in place before final inspection. 

Originally signed by: 

Franklin Lew for Robert C. Levy, Superintendent, BBI 



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AB-027 



ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 



NO. AB-027 
DATE 
SUBJECT 
TITLE 



February 5, 1985 (Updated 01/01/08 for code references) 

Code Enforcement 

Illegal Unit Reoccupancy Enforcement Procedure 



PURPOSE 



REFERENCE 



DISCUSSION 



To set forth procedure for handling repeat violations, by the same owner reoccupying an 
illegal unit. 

2007 San Francisco Building Code 

- Section 108.9, Unsafe Building 

- Section 103 A, Violations 

Whenever illegal units are re-occupied after a Certificate of Final Completion (CFC) was 
issued to remove the illegal unit and the ownership has not changed, the enforcement 
procedure for these cases will be as follows: 



1 . Send a notice requiring the application for a building permit within ten (10) days to revert the structure to its 
legal use and to complete the work within thirty (30) days of issuance of the permit. 

2. A copy of the notice will be sent to the Planning Department. 

3 . If the case has already had a Director's Hearing on the same problem, the notice will also include the statement 
"failure to comply will result in referral of the matter to the City Attorney's office for further action". 

4. If the case has not had a Director's Hearing, the notice will include the statement "failure to comply will result 
in the referral to the Director of Building Inspector for an Abatement Hearing." 

The time limits specified must be adhered to and all referrals to Code Enforcement Section (CES) must also include 
the above statements which are applicable and documented inspection reports. 

Originally signed by: 

Robert C. Levy, Superintendent, BBI 



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AB-028 



ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 



NO. AB-028 
DATE 
SUBJECT 
TITLE 



September 18, 2002 (Updated 01/01/08 for code references.) 

General Administrative Procedures 

Pre-application and Pre-addendum Plan Review Procedures 



PURPOSE 



REFERENCE 



To establish policies and procedures allowing for review and comment of specific design 
issues by the Department of Building Inspection (DBI) prior to application for a permit or 
prior to the submittal of addenda to a Site Permit. 

2007 San Francisco Building Code 

- Section 106A.4.9 Pre-application Plan Review or Inspection 

- Section 1 10, Table 1 A-B Building Permit Application and Plan Review Fees 

- DBI Administrative Bulletin AB-032, Site Permit Processing 

- DBI Administrative Bulletin AB-033, Site Permit Processing For Projects of Valuation 

of $2,000,000 or less and only one addendum. 



DISCUSSION : A preliminary verbal interpretation of a code requirement or alternate method of 

construction is considered informal information and may not always be accepted by the 
Department of Building Inspection plan reviewer or supervisor who has been assigned to 
check the submittal documents for a project. Rather than wait for the plan review to reveal 
requirements of specific design issues, it may be advantageous to project sponsors to verify 
code requirements with a formal DBI interpretation priorto completion of project drawings 
and before submitting an application for a building permit or an addendum to a Site Permit. 

This bulletin sets out the procedure for requesting, conducting and concluding such a Pre-application or 
Pre-Addendum Plan Review Meeting. It is not intended that a general, non-directed plan review of a project will 
be made during this meeting, but that specific code issues will be addressed and resolved. Formal written 
confirmation of decisions agreed upon will be issued to the project sponsor following the meeting. 

Request For Pre-Application or Pre-Addendum Plan Review Meeting 

1 . Submit requests for a pre-application or pre-addendum plan review meeting in writing as follows: 

a. List the items to be reviewed in the form of specific questions. The applicant shall propose a solution or 
provide a statement of position regarding each question asked, and shall include pertinent code references. Each 
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b. Include applicable drawings, documents, and other information as necessary to describe the conditions 
under question. 

c. On the submitted drawings, highlight or "cloud" the areas to be reviewed, and provide cross-references 
to the questions. Where questions pertain to means of egress, indicate the path of egress on the drawings with 
arrows. (See attached Sample Question). 

2. To cover fees, include a check made out to the Department of Building Inspection (See FEES below). 

3. Address requests to: 

Manager, Permit Services 
Department of Building Inspection 
1 660 Mission Street 
San Francisco, CA 94103-2414 

Indicate on the outside of the envelope: Pre-AppIication/lPre-Addendum Plan Review Request 

4. Provide several acceptable meeting times of your choice. Allow at least 1 working days for a response to the 
request for a meeting appointment. 

Meeting and Response 

5. The Manager, Permit Services, will assign your pre-application or pre-addendum plan review request to one 
of the following section supervisors: 

a. Structural Plan Review 

b. Mechanical Plan Review 

c. Premium Plan Review 

d. Other Department staff as required 

6. The request for a pre-application or pre-addendum plan review meeting may result in a meeting or it may result 
in a letter of response, if that is determined to be appropriate by the responsible Supervisor. 

7. The review will be conducted by the Supervisor of the appropriate section or by other staff as assigned. One 
or more plan reviewers from Department of Building Inspection staff may be assigned to participate in the 
pre-application or pre-addendum plan review meeting depending on the complexity of the project and the issues 
raised. When necessary, representatives from other agencies such as the San Francisco Fire Department, 
Department of Public Works, Health Department, Planning Department, or the Redevelopment Agency may be 
requested to attend. 

8. The Department representative will have final authority to detemiine which questions are addressed. Questions 
which are determined to be too broad in scope may be deleted from the agenda. Discussion will be limited to the 
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9. The Department may request additional information from the project sponsor in preparation for a pre- 
appiication or pre-addendum plan review meeting or as a follow-up to such a meeting. 

1 0. At the beginning of a meeting the project sponsor will be advised of the time allowed before additional plan 
review fees will be charged. A typical pre-application or pre-addendum plan review meeting, depending on the 
complexity of the project or issue, can be covered adequately in 2 hours or less of meeting time. 

11. A Department of Building Inspection staff member or the project sponsor will be designated to take notes 
during the meeting. If the size or location of the meeting warrants, the Department representative may request that 
a third party take the notes. Notes shall be taken on a standard form provided by DBI. At the conclusion of the 
meeting a copy of the notes taken during the meeting will be provided to the principal attendees. Those notes, which 
record the findings and agreements of the meeting, are to be signed by a Department of Building Inspection 
representative, by representatives of other departments as applicable, and by the project sponsor. Questions or 
topics not acknowledged in these notes will not be considered as part of the pre-application or pre-addendum plan 
review agreements. 

Alternatively, the Department may choose to issue a letter following the meeting. Such letter or other written 
communication shall be prepared by Department staff or the project sponsor within 10 working days of the 
conclusion of the meeting. Within 10 working days of receipt of such letter, the DBI staff will review and return 
the letter, signed, as "approved," "approved with conditions," or "disapproved." The letter shall state the reasons 
for such determinations. DBI will track the time of issuance and approval of such letters to confirm that the above 
time limits are met. 

12. For clarity, each item number of the written response shall correspond to the item number on the agenda. 

13. Any notes, annotated drawings and other documents from the meeting may be attached to the notes or letter 
of agreement and submitted by the project sponsor for reference at the time of permit or addendum application. 

1 4. The project sponsor shall attach a copy of the signed conclusions of the pre-application or pre-addendum plan 
review meeting, or the letter of response in lieu of meeting, to the permit application or addendum drawings. These 
decisions will be honored by the responsible plan reviewer during the plan review process. 

15. The project sponsor may request a review of the determination of the staff of the Department of Building 
Inspection by the Manager of Plan Review Services or the Director. Determinations of the Director may be 
appealed to the Building Inspection Commission. Certain issues related to alternate methods and materials and 
technical equivalencies may be appealed to the Board of Examiners. 

FEES; 

16. Fee Schedule: 

a. Fees for initial and each subsequent meeting for a pre-application plan review meeting are as noted in the 
2007 San Francisco Building Code Fee Schedule, Table 1 A-B, Item 8. This fee cover the fee covers a review of 
the submitted documents, research, formulating a response, and the meeting itself The meeting time shall not 
exceed a total of two hours under this base fee. 

b. There is no base fee to be paid for initial and subsequent meetings for a pre-addendum plan review 
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c. Additional meeting time beyond two hours for both pre- application and pre-addendum meetings is to be 
charged on a per person, hourly basis per San Francisco Building Code, Table 1 A-B, Item 8. 

d. The San Francisco Fire Department charges plan review fees in addition to the above fees when Fire 
Department personnel are included in a meeting. 

17. Fees, in addition to the pre-application plan review fee paid in advance, will be calculated at the conclusion 
of the meeting. Notes or letters of agreement will not be released by the Department until all pre-application or 
pre-addendum plan review fees are paid. 

1 8. If the initial pre-application or pre-addendum plan review fee is paid but no such meeting is subsequently held 
and no preparatory work has been done, the fee may be refunded upon written request by the project sponsor and 
agreement by the Department. 

Attachment: Sample Question 

Approved by the Building Inspection Commission on September 1 8, 2002 

Originally signed by: 

Gary Massetani, Fire Marshal 

October 9, 2002 

Frank Y. Chiu, Director 
October 3, 2002 



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SAMPLE QUESTION 
AB-028 



1. Regarding the typical 56 foot square floor plan of a four-story, fiilly sprinklered office building as shown, 
would the elevator lobby be permitted to open onto the corridor? The floor is occupied by a single tenant of less 
than 30 occupants. The elevator hoistway and stair enclosures are not pressurized. (San Francisco Building Code 
Section 707.14.1 

2. Is a fire-resistance rated corridor required to connect both exit enclosures? (San Francisco Building Code 
Section 1015, Section 1016, and Section 1017). 



Horizontal 

Sliding 

Door 



JX 



1 



\ OFFICE 
AREA 




OFFICE 
AREA 



TYPICAL PLAN @ 
UPPER FLOORS 



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AB-031 



ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 



NO. AB-031 
DATE 
SUBJECT 
TITLE 



June 21, 1984 (Updated 01/01/08 for code references) 

Plan Review 

Identification of Revisions on Pages of Drav^ings 



REFERENCE 



DISCUSSION 



PURPOSE : Information on submittal documents, including revised drawings, shall be in conformity 

with the San Francisco Building Code and shall be of sufficient clarity to indicate the 
location, nature and extent of the work proposed. 

; 2007 San Francisco Building Code, Section 106A.3.3 

Revisions to submittal documents pending review and approval by the Department should 
be clearly identified on the revised sheets to facilitate review, to reduce discrepancies in 
the review and to speed the review process. Revisions are to be identified by one of the 
following methods: 

1 . Revisions to portions of a page shall be marked by identifying the change with arrows or encircling the 
change with a "cloud" symbol. The title block should be marked with the date and number of the revision. Notation 
of the date may be placed near the change in addition to the title block. 

2. If an entire page is changed, the title block should be so marked, noting the date and number of revisions. 

If a second or third revision is made on a page already containing a revision, the previous revision symbol or 
markings shall be removed, however, the title block should note the number and date of the revisions. 

Originally signed by: 

Robert C. Levy, Superintendent, BBI 



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AB-035 



ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 



NO. AB-035 
DATE 
SUBJECT 
TITLE 



September 18, 2002 (Updated 01/01/08 for code references.) 

General Administrative Procedures 

Procedure for Assigning Street Numbers (Addresses) 



PURPOSE 



REFERENCE 



DISCUSSION 



; To establish a procedure for assigning street numbers (addresses) to new building and 
tenant space street entrances. 

; 2007 San Francisco Building Code 

- Section 107A.10, Building Numbers and Fees 

- Table lA-J, Miscellaneous Fees 

Every project sponsor shall obtain an official street number prior to the issuance of a 
building permit when the work consists of a new building or a new street entrance to a new 
tenant space or dwelling unit in an existing building. The following procedures shall apply 
to the assignment of street numbers. 

Entrances to be Numbered 

All primary entrances from the street to all buildings and all direct entrances from the street to separate tenant spaces 
or dwelling units shall be numbered. Only the building number officially assigned by the Department of Building 
Inspection may be displayed on the building. 

The numbers shall be placed on the front of the building adjacent to the entrance so as to be easily seen from the 
street. The street numbers assigned shall be placed on the building in a place and manner acceptable to the Director 
of the Department of Building Inspection in accordance with Section 1 07A. 1 of the San Francisco Building Code. 

[Historical Note: The following procedures for assigning street numbers are long term provisions of San Francisco 
codes. These procedures have been brought forward from the 1909 San Francisco Building Code through 
subsequent editions of that code. 

Method of Numbering 

Market Street shall be the starting point for the numbers of all buildings fronting on the streets beginning thereat 
and running therefrom in any direction. On Webster, Fillmore, Steiner, Pierce, Scott, Divisadero, Broderick, Baker 
and Lyon Streets, and Central Avenue, and streets in the Sunnyside, Lakeview, Railroad Homestead and City Land 
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On all streets having a northerly and southerly course, diverging less than 45 degrees from a northerly and southerly 
course and not otherwise provided for, the numbering shall begin at their northerly ends and proceed toward the 
south. On all streets having an easterly and westerly course, or diverging less than 45 degrees from an easterly and 
westerly course, the numbering shall begin at their easterly ends and proceed toward the west, except that on streets 
lying south of Cesar Chavez [Army Street] and running from Mission in an easterly or southerly direction, and also 
on [Bernal Avenue], Montezuma and Aztec Streets, Esmeralda Avenue, [and on streets in Gift Maps 1 and 2], the 
numbering shall start at their westerly ends and proceed toward the east. On all intermediate subdivision streets, 
the numbering shall commence where the streets begin and proceed in the same direction as the numbering on the 
principal streets between which they lie. 

[Note: Street and place names which are shown in brackets no longer exist or have been renamed.] 

Even and Odd Numbers 

On all streets the numbers on the right hand side, starting from the point of beginning, shall be even numbers, and 
the numbers on the left hand side shall be odd numbers; except that on all streets having a northerly and southerly 
course, and lying west of Central Avenue and Presidio Avenue but not including Central Avenue, the numbers on 
the right hand side, starting from the point of beginning, shall be odd numbers and the numbers on the left hand side 
shall be even numbers. 

Allotment of Numbers 

One hundred numbers, or as many thereof as may be necessary, shall be allotted to the property frontage in each 
block between two main streets. The number 100 shall be the first number on the right hand side, and the number 
101 the first number on the left hand side of the second block of all streets, except those lying west of Central 
Avenue and Presidio Avenue, but not including Central Avenue. The succeeding hundreds shall be allotted in a 
similar manner consecutively in each succeeding block, except that on Mission, Natoma, Howard, Folsom, Harrison, 
Bryant, Jackson, Pacific, Broadway, Vallejo, Green, Union, Francisco, Bay and Webster Streets, and on Central 
Avenue, 100 numbers shall be allotted to the first two blocks. One hundred numbers shall also be allotted on 
Divisadero Street between Waller and Page Streets. When a block exceeds 850 feet in length, 200 numbers shall 
be allotted to it. 

For the purpose of preserving uniformity in the numbering along Market Street, so that the numbers on both sides 
of the street shall conform as nearly as possible, 50 even numbers shall be allotted to each of the following 
apportionments of frontage along the northerly side of Market Street: between the westerly line of Spear Street, 
proceeding northerly, and the easterly line of Drumm Street; between Battery and Montgomery Streets; between 
Kearny and Stockton Streets; between Powell and Taylor Streets; and between Jones Street and [Marshall Square]. 

Fifty odd numbers shall be allotted to each of the following apportionments of frontage along the southerly side of 
Market Street: between Embarcadero and Spear Street; between Twelfth and Valencia Streets, between Guerrero 
and Dolores Streets; and between Church and Sanchez Streets. 

When any street fails in its course to traverse certain blocks, 100 numbers shall be allotted to each block not 
traversed, in the same manner as if the street were continuous. When any street is intersected on its opposite sides 
by different streets, the hundreds on one side shall be made to correspond as closely as possible to the hundreds on 
the opposite side by allotting only 25 numbers, even or odd as the case may require, to the side which the blocks 
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One number shall be allowed for each one-fiftieth (1/50) of the frontage of each block between two main streets, 
except in blocks having a frontage of less than 400 feet where the allowance shall be made on the basis of one 
number to every eight feet of frontage. 

Renumbering 

Nothing in this bulletin shall authorize the renumbering of any block which is now uniformly numbered in 
accordance with any previous law, unless such renumbering is made necessary by the construction or alterations 
of buildings whereby the number of entrances to buildings on such blocks has been so increased as to prevent 
consecutive numbering. 

Notice to be Given 

Whenever any violation of the provisions of this bulletin relating to the numbering of buildings exists, notice thereof 
shall be given to the owner or, if they cannot be found, to the occupant of the premises where the violation occurs. 
If, after two weeks, the cause of complaint has not been removed the provisions detailed in Section 1 03 A of the San 
Francisco Building Code shall be applied. 

Temporary Retention of Old Numbers 

Whenever any property owner has been notified to change the numbers of his building, the old numbers may be 
temporarily retained, in addition to the new numbers, but in no case shall the old numbers be retained for more than 
sixty (60) days after the official notice to change them. 

Fees 

The fee for each numbered building entrance is shown in Section 1 lOA, Table lA-J of the San Francisco Building 
Code. 

Approved by the Building Inspection Commission on September 18, 2002 

Originally signed by: 
Frank Y. Chiu, Director 
October 3, 2002 



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AB-036 



ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 



NO. AB-036 
DATE 
SUBJECT 
TITLE 



October 20, 1993 (Updated 01/01/08 for code references) 

Inspection 

Special Inspection for Demoliition Work 



PURPOSE 



REFERENCES : 



DISCUSSION 



Requirement 



For demolition of buildings of Types I, II, III and IV construction, and which are over 2 
stories or 25 feet in height, a special inspector shall be on the site to observe and/or 
supervise the work to assure it is proceeding in a safe manner. 

2007 San Francisco Building Code 

- 1704.15, Demolition 

- 3303.1.1, Special Inspection for Demolition 

- 1 704, Special Inspection 

Demolition work creates ongoing, and often sudden, life hazards. The general 
requirements for special inspection in SFBC Sec. 1704.15, are made more specific in this 
ruling to reflect the need for extra supervision of such work. 



The Demolition Contractor or permit applicant shall identify the Special Inspector for demolition work before a 
demolition permit is issued. For buildings over 6 stories high, the Contractor and Special Inspector shall meet with 
the Department of Building Inspection (DBI) District Inspector to review the demolition work and arrive at a clear 
understanding on what is expected of all parties prior to the start of work. The Demolition Contractor shall notify 
the Special Inspector and the District Inspector at least two days prior to the start of the demolition operations. By 
obtaining the permit, the applicant acknowledges the authority of the Special Inspector over the demolition work 
as described below. 

The Special Inspector: 

1. Shall be a registered Civil Engineer or licensed Architect, and preferably, the individual who prepared the 
approved demolition sequence. Shall be at the site at all times when dismantling or demolition work is proceeding 
on any component which, when removed, reduces the stability of the building. These include, but are not limited 
to, the following: 

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b. Bearing walls 

c. Beams, girders and columns 

d. Diaphragms (roof and floors which contribute stability to building) 

2. Shall observe and/or direct that the work conforms with the sequence of operations which was approved by 
DBI. In the event a potentially hazardous situation develops as a result of conditions uncovered or unintentionally 
created by the demolition work, the Special Inspector shall notify DBI by telephone as soon as possible, and at that 
point shall require and allow only corrective work to take place to substantially reduce the hazards present. The 
Special Inspector shall then not allow any more work to be done until a revised demolition sequence has been 
submitted to DBI and approved. 

In the event an unexpected development occurs which jeopardizes the public, such as materials falling onto 
the street or partial collapse of a wall, the Inspector may allow the demolition work to continue only if all the 
following conditions are complied with: 

a. No continuing hazards to the public exist after the incident. 

b. No significant deviations from the approved sequence are necessary as a result of the incident. 

c. The Contractor provides/establishes measures and assurances that such incidents will not occur again, to 
the satisfaction of the Inspector. 

d. The Special Inspector reports the incident to DBI in writing as soon as possible. The report shall explicitly 
address the issues in conditions a through c above. 

If the above conditions are not met, the Special Inspector shall stop the job and notify DBI. The Special 
Inspector shall not allow the work to resume until DBI gives permission. 

In the event deviations from the approved sequence are necessary due to unexpected field conditions, and 
potentially hazardous conditions are not present or would not be created, the inspector may allow or direct such 
deviations be made without stopping the work. Such deviations shall be reported in his next report to DBI. 

3. Shall make written reports to DBI on a weekly basis or as required by DBI. Such reports shall include 
information on the progress of the demolition, any deviations which were not reported previously, and a statement 
that the demolition work is adhering to the approved sequence. 

4. May be an employee of the Special Inspector only when the following conditions are complied with: 
a. The employee is a registered Civil Engineer or licensed Architect. 



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b. The employee shall be under the immediate supervision of the Special Inspector. The Special Inspector 
shall provide to DBI a written statement in which he acknowledges complete responsibility for the inspection work, 
actions and decisions of the employee. 



c. All reports shall be signed by the Engineer or Architect. 

Originally signed by: 

Dot Y. Yee, Deputy Superintendent 



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AB-040 



ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 



NO. AB-040 
DATE 
SUBJECT 
TITLE 



March 23, 2002 (Updated 01/01/08 for code references) 

General Administrative Procedures 

Referral of Design Professionals and Contractors to Regulatory Agencies 



PURPOSE 



REFERENCE 



DISCUSSION 



; The purpose of this bulletin is to establish guidelines and procedures for referring design 
professionals and contractors to the State License Boards review for possible disciplinary 
action when the Department of Building Inspection believes there are serious violations 
of State regulations. 

; California Business and Professions Code, Division 3. Professions and Vocations 
California Business and Professions Code, Section 325-326, Consumer Complaints 
California Code of Regulations, Title 16, Professional and Vocational Regulations 

These guidelines shall be used in instances where a licensed design professional or 
contractor appears to be in substantial noncompliance with the regulations governing their 
activities. Such substantial noncompliance may include activities which appear to be, but 
not be limited to, unlicensed practice, gross incompetence, negligence, violation of local 
codes and regulations, or the provision of false or misleading information. 

The Department of Building Inspection shall review concerns based on information available and make 
recommendations as are believed to be consistent with public safety and welfare. The Department shall not hold 
hearings, take testimony, engage in debate with the regulated or licensed persons, or otherwise assume the role of 
another regulatory agency. 

PROCEDURE: 

When it comes to the attention of the Department of Building Inspection through an employee or a complaint from 
the public that there may be substantial noncompliance with regulatory requirements the following actions should 
be taken. 

1 . A public complainant shall be given information regarding filing a complaint directly with a licensing or 
regulatory agency. If the Department believes that a complaint received from the public may be of interest to the 
Department of Building Inspection to review for ftirther action, in addition to providing information to the 
complainant regarding the direct filing of a complaint, a staff person shall make note of the complaint and proceed 
as detailed below. 



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2. Any staff person of the Department of Building Inspection who believes that there may be an issue of 
substantial noncompliance shall immediately bring the matter to the attention of their supervisor who shall 
immediately notify the appropriate Manager. 

3. A brief written summary of the concern shall be prepared by the staff person, their supervisor or the 
Manager. 

4. The staff person and their supervisor, shall review the matter with the appropriate Manager, in 
consultation with the City Attorney, to determine if there are reasonable grounds for further review of the matter. 

5 . If a further review is determined to be appropriate by the Manager, a staff person assigned by that Manager 
shall review the matter and prepare a report containing the follov/ing information: 

a. A description of the concern which has led the Department to consider referral for review by the 
regulatory agency. 

b. All report, notes and other documentation fromi inspectors or other persons with immediate 
knowledge of the issues related to the potential complaint. 

c. All permit application forms and other permit documents related to the potential complaint. 

d. Letters, plans, calculations and all other documents which might aid in the review of the matter. 

e. Other relevant information such as license and insurance information, complaints by other City 
agencies or outside parties, other DBI actions, etc. 

f Department and other City records which may reveal other instances of possible noncompliance. 

6. The Manager, following consultation with the City Attorney, shall review the completed report and make 
a determination to: 

a. undertake further research and reporting 

b. dismiss the matter 

c. recommend to the Director to proceed with a referral to a regulatory agency 

d. take other action as they deem appropriate 

7. If the Manager's determination is to recommend a refenral to a regulatory agency, a complaint shall be 
prepared by a person assigned by the Manager, based on the rules and regulations of the regulatory agency. The 
complaint shall be accompanied by a cover letter prepared for the signature of the Director. 



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8. The complete file, including a cover letter prepared for the Director's signature, a written recommendation 
for referral by the Manager, the formal complaint referral in a form required by the regulatory agency, and the 
Department's report and related documentation shall be forwarded to the Director for review. 

9. The Director may request additional information, may dismiss the matter, or may sign the complaint and 
refer the matter to the Building Inspection Commission's Litigation Committee for review and approval prior to 
referring the complaint to the appropriate regulatory agency. 

Approved by the Building Inspection Commission on April 17, 2002 

Signed by: 

Frank Y, Chiu, Director 
Department of Building Inspection 
April 26, 2002 



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AB-042 



ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 



NO. AB-042 
DATE 

SUBJECT 
TITLE 



September 18, 2002 [Supersedes Administrative Bulletin AB-042 originally issued 
05/19/89, revised 08/10/90; updated 01/01/08 for code references] 

Plan Review; Permit Process 

Board of Examiners: Request for Variance, New Materials, or Alternate Methods of 
Construction 



REFERENCE 



DISCUSSION 



PURPOSE : To establish policies and procedures for hearings before the Board of Examiners to request 

a variance from a building code requirement, or approval for the use of new or alternate 
materials, methods or types of construction. 

; 2007 San Francisco Building Code 

- Section 105A.1, Board of Examiners 

- Section 1 lOA, Table lA-K Penalties, Hearings, Code Enforcement Assessments 

An applicant for a building permit may find that a specific new construction material, 
method of construction or type of construction cannot be approved by the Department of 
Building Inspection (DBI) because it does not comply with the specific requirements of the 
code. An applicant may find that it is difficult to achieve fijll compliance with the 
requirements of the building codes without experiencing practical difficulties. Under those 
circumstances the applicant may appeal to the Board of Examiners for approval of a 
variance or a new or alternate material, method or type of construction. 

The Board of Examiners, after reviewing submitted exhibits and data, is empowered to determine whether the use 
of new or unusual products or construction methods complies with the standards of safety set by the various codes. 
Likewise, the Board of Examiners may determine whether variances from the requirements of the codes can be 
accepted in instances where compliance would result in a practical difficulty or unreasonable hardship. A 
determination of acceptance may include conditions which must be satisfied. The Board of Examiners may not 
approve a request which would result in a condition less safe than otherwise required by the codes. 

Review and Appeals with DBI Staff 

Before an appeal of a matter may be made to the Board of Examiners, the permit applicant must request review of 
a staff disapproval to the next level of DBI management, up to and including the Director (see attached Diagram 
AB-042.) The San Francisco Fire Department must be consulted when a matter is within their jurisdiction. Any 
Fire Department disapproval may be appealed in accordance with Fire Department procedures. DBI and Fire 
Department review at each step shall be completed within 10 working days of the request by the appellant or the 
request shall be deemed disapproved and may advance to the next administrative review level. 



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• Where permit applicants do not agree with staff regarding an interpretation of the codes, or where applicants 
are denied approval to use a new material, method or type of construction, the disagreement or denial may be 
appealed to the plan reviewer's Team Leader or to the Senior Inspector supervising the field inspector. 

• If unable to reach an agreement with the Team Leader or Senior Inspector, the permit applicant may appeal 
the disagreement or denial to the Division Supervisor or Chief Inspector for resolution. 

• If unable to reach an agreement with the Division's Supervisor or Chief, the issue may be taken up with the 
Deputy Manager of Permit Services or the Manager of Inspection Services for resolution. 

• The Manager may choose to meet with the Director of the Department of Building Inspection before issuing 
a final administrative determination. If the permit applicant does not accept the Director's conclusion, the applicant 
may then appeal to the Board of Examiners if the issue is within that Board's jurisdiction. 

Request for Board of Examiners Review 

Requests for Board of Examiners review must be submitted in writing (see attached Form AB-042.) 

• Submit 10 completed copies of Form AB-042 along with all other relevant information such as architectural 
plans, engineering reports, laboratory test data, and photos to: 

Secretary, Board of Examiners 
Department of Building Inspection 
1660 Mission Street 
San Francisco, CA 94103 

The Board of Examiners will not review requests which do not, in the opinion of the Secretary of the Board 
of Examiners, include all necessary data, test results, and related materials. 

• Enclose a check for the filing fee made payable to the Department of Building Inspection in the amount listed 
in Table 1 A-K of the San Francisco Building Code. 

Meeting Date and Application Deadline 

The Board of Examiners meets to consider appeals on the second Tuesday of each month or as scheduled by the 
Secretary of the Board of Examiners. All requests for appeals to the Board of Examiners must be submitted at least 
three weeks before the hearing date. 

Agenda Posting and Meeting Notification 

DBI will send the appellant an agenda and a notification of a scheduled hearing at least ten days before the meeting. 
DBI will post the agenda at the location of the meeting and at the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library 
at least 72 hours before the hearing. All meetings are open to the public. 



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Unless otherwise noticed, the public meetings are held in the evenings at: 

Department of Building Inspection 
1660 Mission Street, Room 2001 
San Francisco, CA 94103 

Hearing Procedures 

Prior to the hearing, the Director of the Department of Building Inspection and the Fire Marshal will review the 
materials submitted by the appellant and will separately submit recommendations for disposition of the appeal to 
the Board of Examiners. 

At the hearing, representatives of the Department of Building Inspection and the Fire Department will introduce 
the case to the Board of Examiners and present their recommendations. The appellant may then present their 
argument. The appellant may include the testimony of recognized experts to substantiate their petition. 

The Board of Examiners will render a decision at the public hearing, or may continue the case to the next meeting 
pending submittal of additional data or clarification. When the Board of Examiners arrives at a conclusion, a 
resolution called a "Notice of Decision" detailing the decision and recommendation will be prepared by the 
Secretary of the Board of Examiners, filed with the Director of the Department of Building Inspection. A copy of 
the "Notice of Decision" will be mailed to the appellant. The Secretary of the Board of Examiners will prepare 
official meeting minutes for approval at the next meeting. It is recommended that the applicant attach a copy of the 
"Notice of Decision" to any related permit application. 

The Notice of Decision shall be microfilmed as part of the official records for the property. 

Rehearing 

A rehearing may be requested by any party when there is substantial new evidence which could not have been 
submitted at the time of the original hearing. Upon approval of a request for rehearing by the Board of Examiner, 
a date of a rehearing will be set. 

A ppeals 

Where appellants do not agree with the decision of the Board of Examiners regarding a variance from requirements 
of the codes or where the appellants are denied the use of a new material, method or type of construction, the 
appellant may appeal the Board of Examiner's decision to the Building Inspection Commission. 

Attachments: Diagram AB-042: Board of Examiners Appeals Process 

Form AB-042 Board of Examiners of Examiners Request for Hearing 

Approved by the Building Inspection Commission on September 18, 2002 

Originally signed by: 

Gary Massetani, Fire Marshal 

October 9, 2002 

Frank Y. Chiu, Director 
October 3, 2002 

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AB-042 



BOARD OF EXAMINERS 

REQUEST FOR HEARING 

FORM AB-042 



Case No.: 


Date Filed: 


Fee: 


Address: 


Block & Lot: 


Application No.: 


Applicant's Name: 


Title: 


Telephone No.: 


Building Occupancy/Use 


Signature of Applicant: 





1 . Code Section 



of the San Francisco Building Code cannot be entirely satisfied because: 



2. In lieu of complying exactly with the code, the following alternative is proposed as a means of providing an 
equivalent degree of safety: 



3. Supporting arguments are: (attach additional information) 



4. Boardof Examiners' action: 



official use only 



Recommendation : 


Acceptance 


Date 


Denial 


Date 


Director of Building Inspection 










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AB-043 



ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 



NO. AB-043 
DATE 
SUBJECT 
TITLE 



September 18, 2002 (Updated 01/01/08 for code references.) 

Plan Review; Permit Process 

Ventilation of Public Spaces in Group R Occupancies 



PURPOSE 



REFERENCE 



DISCUSSION 



; To provide guidelines for determining which public spaces may require ventilation, and 
to describe acceptable examples of providing ventilation to these spaces. 

: 2007 San Francisco Building Code Section 1203.4 

2007 San Francisco Housing Code Sections Section 504(d), 1001(a) and 1001(b)8; 
California Health and Safety Code, Division 13, Part 1.5, Section 17920.3 (State Housing 

Law) 
2007 San Francisco Mechanical Code Sections 402 and 403. 

The San Francisco Housing Code (SFHC) and the San Francisco Building Code (SFBC) 
requires a minimum level of ventilation in the public circulation spaces of Group R 
Occupancies. San Francisco's deep and narrow lots coupled with a tradition of property 
line-to-property line construction often results in multifamily residential buildings with 
long hallways that have limited access to exterior openings. With little or no ventilation 
available to these hallways and other public spaces such as stairways and lobbies, the air 
can become stagnant and may retain cooking or tobacco odors. 

The intent of the California Building Code (CBC) Section 1203.4 is to assure adequate ventilation of Group R 
Occupancies. The intent of the San Francisco amendment to Section 1203.4 is to assure adequate ventilation of all 
public circulation spaces, particularly those which have directly-communicating openings into adjoining dwelling 
units or habitable spaces. This includes enclosed stairways and vestibules which also have entry doors to dwelling 
units or other habitable spaces. Pressurized stair enclosures need not be ventilated. 

The following are acceptable means of providing ventilation: 

1 . Operable windows with an openable area of not less than 1/25 of the floor area of the area ventilated with 
a minimum of 4 square feet (0.37 m^). The windows shall open directly onto a public way or a yard or a court when 
permitted by Table 704.8. See SFBC Section 1206 for minimum sizes of yards and courts adjacent to exterior 
openings that provide natural ventilation. 

2. Skylights with an openable area of not less than 1/25 of the floor area of the area ventilated with a 
minimum of 4 square feet (37 m^). The skylight shall be fixed open or shall be provided with an approved opening 
device. 



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3. Operable or fixed louvers with a net effective area of not less than 1/25 of the floor area of the area 
ventilated with a minimum of 4 square feet (0.37 m^). The operable louver shall be provided with an approved 
operating device. 

4. Exterior openings set with screens, bars or grilles providing a net free (effective) area of not less than 1/25 
of the floor area of the area ventilated with a minimum of 4 square feet (0.37 m2). 

5. Wind-operated turbines may be used in lieu of natural ventilation to provide a minimum 2 complete air 
changes per hour throughout the public circulation space with a minimum of 15 cubic feet per minute (7L/s) of 
outside air per occupant during such time as the building is occupied. Provide a make-up air inlet at a location that 
will not result in a short-circuiting of air flow, or where it will pick up objectionable odors, fumes or flammable 
vapors. For calculating ventilation, the minimum average wind speed shall be 7.5 miles per hour. [Based upon 
information from the National Climate Data Center, the lowest average wind speed in San Francisco is 6.7 mph in 
May.] 

6. Mechanical ventilation and exhaust designed to operate continuously and capable of providing not less 
than that required by San Francisco Mechanical Code Section 403 throughout the public circulation space during 
such time as the building is occupied. Provide a make-up aiir inlet at a location that will not result in a 
short-circuiting of air flow, or where it will pick up objectionable odors, ftimes or flammable vapors. 

When natural or mechanical ventilation methods as described above are not feasible, the applicant may present an 
alternate means of providing ventilation for consideration by the building official. 

When required by SFBC Sections 712 and 716 provide smoke aind/or fire dampers at penetrations of fire-rated 
assemblies. Comply with requirements of San Francisco Mechanical Code when locating ventilation openings near 
exhaust outlets, vent or chimney terminations. 

Refer to the San Francisco Housing Code for maintenance of natural and mechanical ventilation systems in existing 
(prior to January 1, 2008) Group R, Division 1 Occupancies. 

Approved by the Building Inspection Commission on September 18, 2002 

Originally signed by: 
Frank Y. Chiu, Director 
October 3, 2002 



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AB-046 



ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 



NO. AB-046 
DATE 
SUBJECT 
TITLE 



September 18, 2002 (Updated 01/01/08 for code references.) 

Permit Process; Inspection 

Special Inspection and Structural Observation Procedures 



PURPOSE 



REFERENCE 



The purpose of this Administrative Bulletin is to describe the procedures to be used in the 
administration and enforcement of special inspection and structural observation 
requirements of the San Francisco Building Code. It is intended as an aid for design 
professionals in their preparation of inspection and observation programs. It provides 
information for building owners, architects and engineers, contractors, and special 
inspection agencies about their responsibilities regarding special inspection and structural 
observation and includes standardized forms and formats applicable to these functions. 

2007 San Francisco Building Code 

- Section 108A.4 Inspections, General 

- Chapter 1 7, Structural Tests and Inspections 



DISCUSSION : 

I DEFINITION AND PURPOSE 

A. Special Inspection 

Special Inspection is the monitoring of the materials and workmanship that are critical to the integrity of the 
building structure or public safety. Special inspection is the review of the work of the contractors and their 
employees to assure that the approved plans and specifications are being followed and that relevant codes and 
ordinances are being observed. The special inspection process is in addition to the regular inspections conducted 
by Department of Building Inspection building inspectors and by the engineer or architect of record as part of 
periodic structural observation. The special inspectors furnish continuous or periodic inspection as required by the 
San Francisco Building Code (SFBC). 

Good communication between the special inspector and the designers, contractor, and building department is 
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B. Structural Observation 

Structural Observation means the visual observation of the structural system, for general conformance to the 
approved plans and specifications, at significant construction stages and at completion of the structural system. 
Structural observation does not include or waive the responsibility for the inspections required by Section 108A, 
1704, or other sections of this code. [SFBC Sec. 202] 

II DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE PARTIES RESPONSIBLE FOR SPECIAL INSPECTION 
PROGRAM AND STRUCTURAL OBSERVATION PROGRAM 

A. Duties and Responsibilities of the Project Owner 

The project owner, or the engineer or architect of record acting as the owner's agent, is responsible for funding 
special inspection services. 

B. Duties and Responsibilities of the Engineer of Record 

The engineer or architect of record has many duties and responsibilities related to special inspection and 
structural observation activities. These include the following: 

1 . Identify the need for special inspection and structural observation services 

The project plans and/or specifications which are submitted to the building official need to clearly indicate 
the design parameters and material selection. The engineer or architect of record is the development team member 
who analyzes the critical elements of the design and determines where special inspection and structural observation 
is required in accordance with 2007 SFBC Sections 1704 and 1709. See Exhibit No. 1, Special Inspection and 
Structural Observation. The engineer is responsible to submit the special inspection and structural observation form 
(minimum size 11" x 17") into the structural plan sets. Also one separate copy shall be submitted to DBI plan 
checker for office copy. 

2. Respond to field discrepancies 

Material and design discrepancies which are not resolved in a timely manner or are about to be 
incorporated in the work must be brought to the attention of the engineer or architect of record and the building 
official. Uncorrected field deficiencies observed by the special inspector must be brought to their attention. The 
engineer or architect of record is instrumental in effecting the remedial process of deficiency correction. The 
engineer or architect of record is responsible for any design changes in addition to acknowledgment and approval 
of shop drawings which may detail structural information, and for submission of such changes to the building 
department for approval. 

3 . Submit final compliance report 

The engineer of record shall submit an overall final compliance report to DBI stating that all items 
requiring special inspection and structural observation were performed in accordance with the approved plans, 
specifications, and applicable workmanship provisions of the SFBC. See Exhibit No. 2, Special Inspection Final 
Compliance Report and Exhibit No. 3, Structural Observation Final Compliance Report. 



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C. Duties and responsibilities of the engineer responsible for the structural observation program 

The owner shall employ the engineer or architect responsible for the structural design, or another engineer or 
architect designated by the engineer or architect responsible for the structural design, to perform structural 
observation as defined in SFBC Section 202. Observed deficiencies shall be reported in writing to the owner's 
representative, special inspector, contractor and the Director. The structural observer shall submit to the Director 
a written statement declaring that the site visits have been made and identifying any reported deficiencies that, to 
the best of the structural observer's knowledge, have not been resolved. See Exhibit No. 3 - Special Observation 
Final Compliance Report. 

D. Duties and Responsibilities of the Special Inspector 

The special inspectors are individuals with highly developed, specialized skills who observe those critical 
building or structural features which they are qualified to inspect. Duties of the special inspectors and/or inspection 
agencies include the following: 

1 . Observe all work for which they are responsible 

Special inspectors shall inspect all work for conformance with the Department of Building Inspection 
approved drawings and specifications and applicable provisions of the code. 

2. Provide timely reports 

The special inspector should complete written inspection reports for each inspection visit and provide the 
reports in a timely manner. The special inspector or inspection agency shall furnish these reports directly to the 
building official, engineer or architect of record and to the general contractor. Special inspectors shall bring all 
non-conforming items to the immediate attention of the contractor. If any such item is not resolved in a timely 
manner or is about to be incorporated in the work, the engineer or architect of record and the building official shall 
be notified immediately. See Exhibit Nos. 5 to 8. 

3. Submit a final signed report 

Special inspectors or inspection agencies shall submit a final report (signed by the registered engineer or 
licensed architect who is responsible for the special inspection) to the Department of Building Inspection stating 
that all items requiring special inspection and testing were constructed, to the best of their knowledge, in 
conformance with the approved design drawings, specifications, approved change order and the applicable 
provisions of the code. See Exhibit No. 2 - Special Inspection Final Compliance Report. 

E. Duties and Responsibilities of the Director 

1 . Review and examine plans, specifications and contract documents for compliance with special inspection 
and structural observation requirements 

The Director is charged with the legal authority to review the plans and specifications for compliance with 
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2. Monitor the special inspection and structural observation activities 

The Director shall monitor the job site to see that special inspection and structural observation is being 
performed and that an adequate number of special inspection staff is present depending upon the extent and 
complexity of the project. 

3. Review inspection reports 

The Director receives, reviews and makes the inspection reports part of the inspection records. 

4. Review the final report 

The Certificate of Occupancy shall not be issued until the final report has been received and approved by 
the Director. 

F. Duties and Responsibilities of the Contractor 

The contractor's duties include the following: 

1 . Notiiy the special inspector 

The contractor is responsible for notifying the special inspector or agency regarding special inspections 
required by the Department of Building Inspection. Adequate notice shall be provided so that the special inspector 
has time to become familiar with the project. 

2. Provide access to approved plans 

The contractor is responsible for providing the special inspector with access to approved plans at the job 
site. 

3. Retain special inspection records 

The contractor is responsible for retaining at the job site all special inspection records submitted by the 
special inspector, and providing these records for review by the Department of Building Inspection inspector upon 
request. 

Ill SPECIAL INSPECTOR QUALIFICATIONS: [SFBC Sec. 1704] 

Special Inspectors shall be one of the following: 

A. A qualified person employed by an approved inspection and testing agency conforming insofar as applicable 
to the requirements of ASTM E329. 

Except for testing of materials and reporting of numerical results therefrom, the inspector shall work under the 
general supervision of a registered civil engineer, and all reports and certification of compliance must be signed by 
the engineer. 



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B. A registered civil engineer or licensed architect who can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Director that 
he or she has the experience and expertise to qualify as a special inspector for the specific type of inspection work, 
and has appropriate equipment to conduct such inspections and tests. 

Note: The above applies to any engineer or architect who is not the engineer or architect of record for the 
project. Qualifications must be approved by the Director. 

C. For life-safety provisions required by SFBC Section 403, construction review and validation testing shall be 
performed by, or under the supervision of a registered electrical or mechanical engineer responsible for those areas 
of work involving his or her design. All reports on construction review and testing, and certification of compliance 
and full operational status, shall be signed by the engineer and endorsed by the design professional of record for 
the building. The design professional of record shall bear overall responsibility for the proper installation and 
testing of the life-safety system. When approved by the Director this responsibility may be borne by an approved 
independent testing agency. 

D. The design engineer or architect of record. 

Note: The engineer who prepared the soil report may be considered the engineer of record for the geotechnical 
work requiring special inspection. 

E. For plant fabrication of precast concrete elements, a registered civil engineer who supervises all phases of 
quality control work. The registered civil engineer shall be subject to the approval of the Director. 

IV SPECIAL INSPECTION AND STRUCTURAL OBSERVATION OPERATIONAL PROCEDURE WITHIN 
DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING INSPECTION 

A. Plan Review Services (PRS) - Plan Check Engineers/Inspectors 

1 . Review the special inspection and structural observation form. Usually the engineer/architect of record 
should be the one who prepares the form. See Exhibit No. 1 , Special Inspection and Structural Observation Form. 
Verify special inspection and structural observation items. The engineer or architect of record shall specify all 
special inspection and structural observation items. The special inspection and structural observation form shall 
be prepared and signed by the professional of record and submitted together with the structural drawings (minimum 
size 11x17). Also one separate copy shall be submitted to DBI plan checker for office copy. See Exhibit No. 1, 
Special Inspection and Structural Observation. 

2. Plan checker affixes the "SPECIAL INSPECTION" stamp on the back of the application when signing 
that permit is approved for issuance. The plan checker makes one copy of the Special Inspection and attaches it to 
the applicant's copy of the permit application, then gives the original to the Plan Review Services (PRS) clerical 
staff 



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PRS clerical staff set up the special inspection file and enter the types of special inspection and structural 
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4. During construction, PRS clerical staff distribute special inspection progress reports to assigned plan 
checkers. If reports indicate problems which need to be brought to the attention of the district building inspector, 
plan checker forwards a copy of the report to the appropriate district building inspector. District building inspector 
will notify the contractor who in turn shall notify the engineer of record to resolve the field problems. Resolution 
reports shall be submitted to PRS for review and file. See Exhibit No. 4, Special Inspection/Structural Observation 
Transmittal Letter. 

5 . Before final building inspection, the owner submits to the plan checker final compliance reports covering 
each item requiring special inspection and structural observation. Final reports shall be wet signed and stamped 
by the responsible engineer of the special inspection agency, geotechnical firm, engineer or architect of record - as 
appropriate to the type(s) of special inspection. See Exhibit No. 2, Special Inspection Final Compliance Report and 
Exhibit No. 3, Structural Observation Final Compliance Report. 

6. When final reports are submitted, PRS clerical staff pull the appropriate file containing progress reports 
and distribute to assigned plan checkers for final compliance review. If documentation is not sufficient, plan 
checker calls engineer of record regarding what items are missing. If compliance has been verified, plan checker 
signs and dates Special Inspection and Structural Observation Program form. 

7. PRS clerical staff enter final compliance approval in computer by entering the approval date and the plan 
checker's name for each item requiring special inspection. 

8. PRS clerical staff send completed special inspection and structural observation files quarterly to DBI 
storage. 

9. For permits issued over the counter when special inspection is required, staff make copy of the Special 
Inspection and distribute as follows: 

a. One copy to applicant, 

b. Original to PRS clerical staff with the approval date. 

B. Central Permit Bureau (CPB) 

Staff give one copy of the approved Special Inspection to applicant together with the approved drawings. 

C. Building Inspection Division (BED) 

1 . For projects requiring special inspection, district building inspectors deliver a Notice of Special Inspection 
Requirements to the job site and discuss the requirements with the person in charge of the work. Special Inspector 
shall be identified to District Building Inspector prior to start of the work for which special inspection is required. 
See Exhibit No. 10, Notice - Special Inspection Requirements and Structural Observation Requirements. 

2. District building inspectors monitor the special inspection activities at the project site. In the event that 
district building inspectors discover that required special inspection is not being performed, or not in compliance 
with the approved plans, they are authorized to suspend or stop the progress of the work. 



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Approved by the Building Inspection Commission on September 18, 2002 

Originally signed by: 
Frank Y. Chiu, Director 
October 3, 2002 

Attachments: 

1 . Special Inspection and Structural Observation Requirements 

2. Special Inspection Final Compliance Report 

3. Structural Observation Final Compliance Report 

4. Special Inspection/Structural Observation Transmittal Letter 

5. Special Inspection Record 

6. Special Inspection Daily Report 

7. Special Inspection Weekly Report 

8. Special Inspection Discrepancy Notice 



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DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING INSPECTION 

City & County of San Francisco 

1660 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94103-2414 



Exhibit No. 1 
(Required Format) 

SPECIAL INSPECTION AND STRUCTURAL 
OBSERVATIO>f 

NOTICE 

SPECIAL INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS 

Please note the Special Inspections shown on the approved plan and checked on the special inspections form issued 
with the permit are required for this project. The employment of special inspectors is the direct responsibility of 
the owner or the engineer/architect of record acting as the owner's representative. 

These special inspections are required in addition to the called inspections performed by the Department of Building 
Inspection. The name of special inspector shall be furnished to district building inspector prior to start of work for 
which special inspection is required. 

For questions regarding the details or extent of required inspection or tests, please call the Plan Checker assigned 
to this project or 415-558-6133. If there are any field problems regarding special inspection, please call your 
District Building Inspector or 415-558-6096. 

Before final building inspection is scheduled, documentation of sf)ecial inspection compliance must be submitted 
to and approved by the Plan Review Services. To avoid delays in this process, the project owner should request 
final compliance reports from the architect or engineer of record and/or special inspection agency soon after the 
conclusion of work requiring special inspection. The permit will not be finalized without compliance with the 
special inspection requirements. 



Structural Observation Requirements 

Structural observation shall be provided as required per Section 1709. The building permit will not be finalized 
without the compliance of the structural observation requirements. 



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Exhibit No. 1 (continued) 

A COPY OF THIS DOCUMENT SHALL BE KEPT WITH THE 
APPROVED STRUCTURAL DRAWING SET 



JOB ADDRESS 



APPLICATION NO. 



ADDENDUM NO. 



OWNER NAME 



OWNER PHONE NO. ( ) 



Employment of Special Inspection is the direct responsibility of the OWNER, or the engineer/architect of record 
acting as the owner's representative. Special inspector shall be one of those as prescribed in Sec. 1704. Name of 
special inspector shall be furnished to DBI District Inspector prior to start of the work for which the Special 
Inspection is required. Structural observation shall be performed as provided by Section 1709. A preconstruction 
conference is recommended for owner/builder or designer/builder projects, complex and highrise projects, and for 
projects utilizing new processes or materials. 

In accordance with Sec. 1704; 1707; 1708 (2007 SFBC), Special Inspection and/or testing is required for the 
following work: 



1. 


[ ] Concrete (Placement & sampling) 


6. 


[ ] High-strength bolting 


18. 


Bolts Installed in 


2. 


[ ] Bolts installed in concrete 


7. 


[ ] Structural masonry 




existing concrete or 


3. 


[ ] Special moment - 


8. 


[ ] Reinforced gypsum concrete 




masonry: 




Resisting concrete frame 


9. 


[ ] Insulating concrete fill 




[ ] Concrete 


4. 


[ ] Reinforcing steel and prestressing tendons 


10. 


[ ] Sprayed-on fireproofing 




[ ] Masonry 


5. 


Structural welding: 


11. 


[ ] Piling, drilled piers and caissons 




[ ]Pull/torque tests per 




Periodic visual inspection 


12. 


[ ] Shotcrete 




SFBC Sec. 1607C& 1615C 




[ ] Single pass fillet welds <5/16" 


13. 


[ ] Special grading, excavation and 


19. 


[ ] Shear walls and floor 




[ ] Steel deck 




filing (Geo. Engineered) 




systems used as shear 




[ ] Welded studs 


14. 


[ ] Smoke-control system 




diaphragms 




[ ] Cold formed studs and joists 


15. 


[ ] Demolition 


20. 


[ ] Holdowns 




[ ] Stair and railing systems 


16. 


[ ] Exterior Facing 


21. 


Special cases: 




[ ] Reinforcing steel 


17. 


Retrofit of unreinforced masonry 
buildings: 




[ ] Shoring 




Continuous visual inspection and NDT 




[ ] Testing of mortar quality and shear 1 


tests 


[ ] Underpinning 




[ ] All other welding (NDT exception: Fillet weld) 
[ ] Reinforcing steel; and [ ] NDT required 


[ ] Inspection of repointing operations 

[ ] Installation inspection of new shear bolts 

[ ] Pre-installation inspection for embedded 


r 1 Others: 
















bolts 


22. 


[ ] Crane safety (Apply 




[ ] Moment-resisting frames 




[ ] Pull/torque tests per SFBC 




to the operation of tower 




r 1 Others 


— 


Sec. 1607C& 1615C 


23. 


cranes on highrise 
building) (Section 1704.19) 






[ ] Others: "As 






recommended by 












professional of record" 



Structural observation for the following: [ ] Foundations [ ] Steel framing 

[ ] Concrete construction [ ] Masonry construction [ ] Wood framing 

[ ] Other: 



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Certification is required for: [ ] Glu-lam components 
Prepared by: 



2007 SAN FRANCISCO BUILDING CODE 



Phone:X 



Engineer/ Architect of Record 



Review by: 



Phone: (415) 558- 



DBI Engineer or Plan Checker 
APPROVAL (Based on submitted reports.) 



DATE 



DBI Engineer or Plan Checker 



QUESTIONS ABOUT SPECIAL INSPECTION AND STRUCTURAL OBSERVATION SHOULD BE 

DIRECTED IN THE ORDER OF: 

1) Plan Check Engineer/Inspector: (415) 558-6133. 2) District Building Inspector: (415) 558-6096 



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Exhibit No. 2 
(Required Format) 

SPECIAL INSPECTION FINAL COMPLIANCE REPORT 

[Date] 

[Special Inspection Coordinator] 
City and County of San Francisco 
Department of Building Inspection 
1660 Mission Street, 2"^* Floor 
San Francisco, CA 94103 

Re: Project Address: 



Permit Application No. 



In accordance with Section 1704 of the 2007 San Francisco Building Code, we have provided special inspection 
for the following items: 



Based upon inspections performed and our (my) substantiating reports, it is our (my) professional judgment that, 
to the best of our (my) knowledge, the inspected work was performed in accordance with the approved plans, 
specifications, and applicable workmanship provisions of the San Francisco Building Code. 

S igned : Inspection Agency: 



[Agency Responsible Engineer's stamp] 

Print full name: 

cc: Client/Project Owner 
Engineer/Architect 



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Exhibit No. 3 
(Required Format) 

STRUCTURAL OBSERVATION FINAL COMPLIANCE REPORT 

[Date] 

[Special Inspection Coordinator] 
City and County of San Francisco 
Department of Building Inspection 
1660 Mission Street, 2""^ Floor 
San Francisco, CA 94103 

Re: Project Address: 



Permit Application No.. 



In accordance with Section 1 709 of the 2007 San Francisco Building Code, we have provided structural observation 
for the following items: 



Based upon inspections performed and my substantiating reports, it is my professional judgment that, to the best 
of my knowledge, the observed structural work was performed in accordance with the approved plans, 
specifications, and applicable workmanship provisions of the San Francisco Building Code. 

Signed: [Stamp of Engineer/Architect of Record 

performing structural observation] 

Print full name: 



cc: Client/Project Owner 



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DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING INSPECTION 

City & County of San Francisco 

1660 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94103-2414 



Exhibit No. 4 
(Required Format) 

Special Inspection/Structural Observation 
Transmittal Letter 



From: 



To: 



DBI Engineer or Plan Checker 



415-558- 
Phone 



DBI District Building Inspector 



Address of Project: 
Application Number: 



|) The attached special inspection/structural observation report(s) show(s) discrepancies: 
t) Contact plan checker for discussion on proposed action 
)) Issue correction notice to resolve discrepancy(s) 
[) Stop work in the area(s) of discrepancy(s) 

)) Stop all work. Conference with Chief building Inspector and Plan Check Manager Required 
\t Other 

p All final reports were received and are acceptable. Final building inspection may be scheduled. 



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Exhibit No. 5 
(Recommended for Format Purpose only) 



SPECIAL INSPECTION RECORD 



Project Address:. 



Permit Application No.:. 



NOTE: Each special inspector shall complete for 
each day's inspection. Post this card 
adjacent to building permit inspection 
record card. Weekly reports to be submitted 
by each special inspector/inspection agency 
to the building department. 



When attached to the job 
inspection record card, 
this card becomes a part of the 
inspection record. 



INSPECTION 
TYPE 


SPECIAL 
INSPECTOR 


ED NO. 


DATE 


NOTES 


TIME 


ARR 


LEFT 

















































































































































































































































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Exhibit No. 6 
(Recommended for Format Purpose only) 

SPECIAL mSPECTION DAILY REPORT 



Permit Application No. 
Project Name/Address: 



Date 



Inspection Type(s)/Coverage: 



p Continuous 
Inspections made, including locations: 



p Periodic; frequency: 



Tests performed: 



Items requiring 1) Correction, 2) Correction of previously listed items, and 3) Previously listed uncorrected 
items: 



Changes to approved plans authorized by engineer or architect of record: 



Comments: 



To the best of my knowledge, work inspected was in accordance with the building department approved 
plans, specifications, and applicable workmanship provisions of the SFBC except as noted above. 



Special Inspector: 



Inspection Agency: 



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Exhibit No. 7 
(Recommended for Format Purpose only) 

SPECIAL INSPECTION WEEKLY REPORT 



Permit Application No._ 
Project Name/Address:. 



Date 



Inspection Type(s)/Coverage:. 



[) Continuous )> Periodic; frequency: 



Total inspection time each da> 


: 










Date 














Hours 














Inspector 















Inspections made, including locations: 



Tests performed: 



Items requiring 1) Correction, 2) Correction of previously listed items, and 3) Previously listed uncorrected 
items: 



Changes to approved plans authorized by engineer or architect of record: 



Comments: 



To the best of my knowledge, work inspected was in accordance with the building department approved 
plans, specifications, and applicable workmanship provisions of the SFBC except as noted above. 



cc: Building Department 
Engineer/Architect 



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Exhibit No. 8 

(Recommended for Format Purpose only) 

SPECIAL INSPECTION DISCREPANCY NOTICE 

Permit Application No. \ Date 

Project Name/Address: 

Inspection Type(s)/Coverage: 



t> Continuous |) Periodic; frequency: 



Notice delivered to: )) Contractor {) Engineer/Architect [) Building Department 

The following discrepancies require correction and inspection approval prior to proceeding with this phase 
of the work: 



Signed: Inspection Agency: 

Print full name: ID Number: 



DO NOT REMOVE THIS NOTICE 
Post with building permit inspection record card 



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AB-056 



ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 



NO. AB-056 
DATE 
SUBJECT 
TITLE 



March 8, 2005 (Updated 01/01/08 for code references.) 

Disabled Access 

Disabled Access Compliance Status Documentation 



PURPOSE 



REFERENCES 



DISCUSSION 



The purpose of this Bulletin is to establish a procedure under which permit applicants can 
achieve and document full or partial building accessibility. It is the intent of the 
Department of Building Inspection to document buildings or portions of buildings that are 
in compliance with current accessibility requirements, thus reducing the need for permit 
applicants to submit reference drawings and other duplicative documents in areas deemed 
in compliance. 

Such documentation of accessibility is to be reviewed and updated upon adoption of each 
new edition of the California Building Code or relevant amendment to that code. 

2007 San Francisco Building Code 

- Chapter 1 IB, Accessibility to Public Buildings, Public Accommodations, Commercial 

Buildings and Publicly Funded Housing 

- Section 106A.3.3, Information on plans and specifications 

- Section 106A.4.3, Validity of permit 

Project sponsors must meet certain disability access requirements as part of the permit, 
construction and building alteration process. The submittal of documentation to 
demonstrate disabled access compliance for each area of construction work or other 
building alteration has posed a burden on permit applicants and the Department of Building 
Inspection. To help reduce this burden while maintaining code compliance, the Department 
will accept a separate permit application documenting the status of disabled access 
compliance under current building codes. This will obviate the need for repeated submittal 
and review of multiple sets of identical documents for a single building. Such separate 
permit for disabled access compliance may then be referenced on subsequent permit 
applications, assuring required disabled access compliance under each such permit. 



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In order to demonstrate compliance with disabled access requirements, project sponsors must submit documentation 
accompanying permit applications. Such documentation may include drawings or, where a building or a portion of 
a building has been determined under previous permit to be in compliance with disabled access requirements, may 
include a Letter of Disabled Access Compliance Status referencing completed permits and related drawings on file 
with the Building Department. 

PROCEDURES 

The following procedures apply for the submittal and approval of permits which result in the issuance of a Letter 
of Disabled Access Compliance Status. 

If a building owner wishes to document fiill or partial access compliance, a permit application may be submitted 
indicating, as the description of work. Disabled Access Compliance Status. Such permit application for Disabled 
Access Compliance Status should include a permit cost valuation of $1 .00. All review of submittal documents done 
by the Department of Building Inspection prior to permit issuance will be billed on an hourly basis in accordance 
with San Francisco Building Code (SFBC) Table lA-B, Item 1, Back check fee. Any construction work that is 
determined to be necessary under this permit application shall be properly valued and appropriate permit fees shall 
be charged for such valuation. 

The Disabled Access Compliance Status permit application may be submitted concurrently with or prior to the 
submittal of other permit applications for construction or tenant improvement work. All permits shall be linked by 
clear statements on the permit applications for both the disabled access compliance work and any other construction 
work. The statement on the permit application for the disabled access compliance work should read, "To comply 

with Disabled Access required under Permit Application # ." The statement on the permit 

applications for the tenant improvement work or other construction work should, similarly, note "Disabled Access 

work related to this construction is being done under Permit Application # ." Disability access 

within areas of tenant improvement shall be shown on the tenant improvement plans. 

Permits may be routed separately for plan review and may be approved separately. 

Plan Review Procedures 

a) All permits must be accompanied by three sets of submittal documents that indicate required compliance 
with those portions of the building that the project sponsor wishes to certify. Such portions may include parking, 
entry, path of travel, public areas such as lobbies, elevators, rest rooms, and other disabled access features. 
Individual tenant spaces are not included as part of this compliance status documentation. Submittal documents shall 
include a "key" map or other clear diagram of the areas to be reviewed for compliance. All submittal documents 
must be signed by a licensed architect or engineer. 

b) Other permits for tenant improvement work during the period when the Disabled Access Compliance 
Status Documentation permit application is under review must reference the Permit Application number for the 
Disabled Access Compliance Status Documentation permit. 



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c) A permit issued for Disabled Access Compliance Status Documentation may be referenced by subsequent 
permits to demonstrate that disabled access compliance is being addressed or that such work has been completed 
and deemed satisfactory in meeting code requirements. 

Field Inspection Procedures 

Field inspection of disabled access features shall be done by an inspector with special expertise in this field as 
designated by the Director or otherwise in accordance with policies and regulations developed by the Department. 

Permit Time Limits 

a) Plan review time limits shall be as detailed in SFBC Section 1 06A.3 .7, Cancellation of application during 
processing, based on the permit valuation. 

b) Following issuance of a permit for Disabled Access Compliance Status, if work is to be done, such work 
must be started and completed within the times allowed, based on the permit valuation. See SFBC Section 1 06A.4.4, 
Expiration. 

c) Permit extensions shall apply per SFBC Section 106A.4.4, Expiration. 
Permit Sign-Off 

a) Temporary occupancy may be allowed in accordance with the policies of the Department of Building 
Inspection. 

b) A final sign-off on the permit for Disabled Access Compliance Status Documentation will be made by 
the District Building Inspector or by other staff assigned by the Director following completion of all work. 

Issuance of Letter of Disabled Access Compliance Status 

Upon completion and final sign-off of any Permit Application for Disabled Access Compliance Status 
Documentation, the Department will issue a Letter of Disabled Access Compliance Status indicating the scope of 
approved disabled access compliance and any special conditions or exceptions that may apply, including such items 
as Unreasonable Hardships or Access Appeal Commission decisions. The Letter of Disabled Access Compliance 
Status must be copied onto any plans that are submitted for subsequent work on the building which intend to refer 
to this compliance permit. The Department has the authority to revoke any such letter at any time for any reason 
if disabled access is not being provided in full accord with the requirements of the law or in compliance with the 
conditions of the letter. 

A copy of the Letter of Disabled Access Compliance Status and the related approved permit documents shall be 
maintained by the Department of Building Inspection in an accessible, paper form to allow easy reference by staff 
and other interested parties. Such documents shall also be microfilmed or otherwise recorded as part of the 
permanent records of the property. 



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Revisions/Reissuance of an Issued Letter of Disabled Access Compliance Status 

The Department will require that any issued Letter of Disabled Access Compliance Status conform to changes to 
disabled access regulations as they occur. This will require a review and update of each Letter of Disabled Access 
Compliance Status upon adoption of each new edition of the California Building Code or relevant amendment to 
that code. Compliance with such new code requirements will only be required if: 

• Such code requirements apply retroactively 

• Subsequent construction work or other building alteration triggers such additional disabled access 
requirements 

A project sponsor may apply for a permit to alter the scope of the Disabled Access Letter of Compliance. An 
additional permit and plans will be required to verify conformance with code requirements for disabled access when 
a Letter of Disabled Access Compliance Status is revised or reissued. 

When Access Appeals Commission decisions relate to portions of the building covered by this Letter of Disabled 
Access Compliance Status, such appeals decisions will be referenced in the letter and all Access Appeals 
Commission conditions must be met as a condition of the letter. Whien the Access Appeals Conunission has defined 
a time period as part of an appeal decision, such time period will be noted by date of expiration on the Letter of 
Disabled Access Compliance Status. Issues related to that AAC decision must be reconsidered following the 
expiration of such time period. 

Attachment: Sample Letter of Disabled Access Compliance Status 

Approved by the Building Inspection Commission on March 7, 2005 

Signed by: 

Jim Hutchinson, Acting Director 

March 8, 2005 



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ATTACHMENT 




DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING INSPECTION 

City & County of San Francisco 

1660 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94103-2414 



Letter of Disabled Access Compliance Status 

Building Address: 

Block/Lot: 

Compliance Permit Application Number(s): 

Code Applied: 

List of specific features that have been determined to be in compliance: 



List of specific features that are not included as being in compliance under this letter: 



Special Conditions or Restrictions 

AAC Decision(s) 

Unreasonable Hardship Request(s) granted 

Cost thresholds 

Planning Department or other Department special conditions 

Other Special Conditions: 



Reconsideration and re-issuance required on [date]: 

Plan Reviewer Signature: 

Inspector Signature: 

Date of Letter of Disabled Access Compliance Status: 



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AB-057 



ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 



NO. AB-057 
DATE 
SUBJECT 
TITLE 



July 19, 2004 (Updated 01/01/08 for code references.) 

Plan Review and Permit Process 

Local Equivalency for Approval of Roof Hatches in Lieu of Stairway Penthouses in 
Designated Buildings 



PURPOSE 



REFERENCES 



The purpose of this Administrative Bulletin is to provide standards and procedures for the 
application, case-by-case review and approval of requests for a modification based on 
Local Equivalency to allow the use of roof hatches as alternates to stairway penthouses in 
R-3 buildings where the stairway access to the roof does not strictly comply with the 
provisions of Section 1009.1 1 of the San Francisco Building Code. 

2007 San Francisco Building Code 

- Section 104A.2.1, General, rules and regulations 

- Section 104A.2.7, Modifications 

- Section 104A.2.8, Alternate materials, alternate design and methods of construction 

- Section 704.5 and Tables 601 and 602, Fire Resistance of Walls 

- Section 704.1 1, Parapets 

- Section 1009, Stairways 

- Section 1009.1 1, Stairway to roof 

The installation of roof penthouses throughout the City is an issue of serious concern to 
the public and the Planning Department inasmuch as such penthouses may expand 
structures to larger than may be compatible with surrounding structures and may block 
sunlight and views. Roof penthouses are often a basis of extensive Planning and Building 
Department review, permit appeals and reconsideration during construction. The use of 
roof hatches in lieu of stair penthouses under certain conditions can do much to resolve the 
problems related to roof penthouses, could permit rapid processing and issuance, and, if 
installed in accordance with the following conditions, would not impair the code-mandated 
suitability, strength, effectiveness, fire resistance, durability, safety or sanitation of the 
standard method of roof access. 



This bulletin does not apply to buildings under the jurisdiction of the San Francisco Fire Department, although 
requests to apply alternates and equivalencies to the regular code will be considered by the Fire Department on a 
case-by-case basis. 



DISCUSSION 



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The use of roof hatches under this Administrative Bulletin is limited to the following applications: 

1 . Where proposed roof hatches provide access to the roof of buildings under the jurisdiction of the Department 
of Building Inspection, and 

2. Where a stairway to the roof is either required by code or voluntarily proposed, and 

3. Where the roof hatch and its appurtenances are approved and constructed as detailed below, and 

4. When the roof hatch is served by a stairway. 

Other applications for roof hatches in lieu of required fiilly complying stairways will be considered on a 
case-by-case basis under the review and approval procedures in the California Building Code regarding 
"Modifications" and "Alternative materials, alternate designs and methods of construction." 

Note: Under Section 1009. 11.1, Exception: In buildings without an occupied roof, access to the roof shall be 
permitted to be a roof hatch or trap door not less than 16 square feet in area and having a minimum dimension of 
2 feet. 

Procedure for Application of Local Equivalency 

Project sponsors wishing to apply Local Equivalencies must fill out and submit the request for Approval of Local 
Equivalencies on a standard form (Attachment A). Fees to be paid and scheduling of review of requests are as noted 
on that form. Following Department of Building Inspection and, as appropriate, other agency review, each request 
will be approved, approved with conditions, disapproved, or placed on "Hold" pending submittal of additional 
information. 

Further details of procedures for the review of Local Equivalencies and appeal of departmental determinations may 
be found in AB-005, Request for Approval of Local Equivalencies. 

Conditions of Local Equivalency 

Roof hatches in lieu of stairway penthouses may be permitted when the following approved equivalent provisions 
are met. This Local Equivalency allows roof hatches to be used in lieu of stairway penthouses and for such roof 
hatch to be considered as meeting the code requirements for a staii-way to the roof if the below listed standard 
provisions are met: 

1 . Applicant shall submit drawings showing details of the proposed roof hatch, stairway, stair handrail, and other 
details as needed to demonstrate compliance, insofar as is practical, with the stairway requirements of the San 
Francisco Building Code. Submittal documents shall include a plan view showing the location of the roof hatch and 
stairway and shall include sections and/or elevations detailing the proposed installation. 

2. Stairways shall have handrails on at least one side. At least one handrail shall extend at least 34 inches above 
the roof surface. Such handrail may be attached to the underside of the operable hatch so that it is in the correct 
position for handrails when the hatch is in the open position, or it may be secured to the roof or other construction. 
Minor breaks in the continuity of the handrail are permitted; handrail sections must be generally aligned. 



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3. If the opening for the stairway to the roof is within the distance where protection of openings is required, then 
parapets extending along the parapet wall at least the length of the opening shall be provided per Section 704.1 1. 

4. The curb at the roof opening for the roof hatch on the side where the stairs emerge from the interior shall 
extend above the roof surface no more than nine inches, the curb at the roof hatch on other sides of the hatch shall 
not exceed 24 inches above the roof surface, and the maximum height of any portion of the hatch in a closed 
position shall not exceed 36 inches above the roof surface. 

5. The rise and run of stairs to the roof shall meet regular code requirements, 

6. The width of a stairway to a roof and the clear width of a roof hatch in its open position shall be not less than 
30 inches, except that when serving an occupied roof with an occupant load of 10 or more or serving an occupied 
roof area greater than 400 square feet the width shall meet the specific requirements of the San Francisco Building 
Code. Handrails, lifting mechanisms and other equipment may encroach into the required width up to 1 1/2" when 
the roof hatch is in a fully open position. 

7. When the roof hatch serves an occupied roof, the hatch latching mechanism shall be operable from the exterior. 
A permit application and related submittal documents shall detail all construction that is approved as a result of this 
Request for Approval of Local Equivalency. No work to install roof hatches in lieu of stairway penthouses shall be 
done prior to approval of such Permit Application and issuance of a permit. 

Approved by the Building Inspection Commission on July 18, 2004 

Originally signed by: 
Frank Y. Chiu, Director 
July 18,2004 



Attachment A: Request for Approval of Local Equivalency 



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ATTACHMENT A 




DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING INSPECTION 

City & County of San Francisco 
1660 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94103-2414 



REQUEST FOR APPROVAL OF LOCAL EQUIVALENCY FOR MODIFICATION 
OR ALTERNATE MATERIALS, DESIGN OR METHODS OF CONSTRUCTION 

DATE SUBMITTED [Note: This form shall be recorded as 

part of the permanent construction 
records of the property] 

If no permit application has been filed, a Preapplication Review Fee is required for review of a request for local 
equivalency or modification, per SFBC Table 1-B, Item 8. Additional fees may be required by Fire Department and 
other City review agencies. 

If a permit application has been filed, no additional fees are required for this review. 

Permit Application # 

Property Address: 

Block and Lot: I Occupancy Group: Type of Construction: No. of Stories: 

Describe Use of Building 



Under the authority of the 2007 San Francisco Building Code, Sections 104A.2.7 and 104A.2.8; the 2007 San 
Francisco Mechanical Code, Section 108.7; the 2007 San Francisco Electrical Code, Section 089.16; and the 2007 
San Francisco Plumbing Code, Section 108.7; the undersigned requests modifications of the provisions of these 
codes and/or approval of alternate materials, designs or methods of construction. Two copies of supporting 
documents, including plans showing the proposed modifications or alternate materials, design or methods of 
construction, are attached. 



Regular Code Requirement (specify Code and Sections) 



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Proposed Modification or Alternate 



Case-by-Case Basis of Request - Describe the practical difficulties presented in meeting the specific conditions of 
the code and how the proposed modification or alternate meets the intent of the code. A separate form should be 
filled for each requested modification or alternate. Attach copies of any Administrative Bulletin, Code Ruling, 
reference, test reports, expert opinions, etc., which support this request. The Department may require that an 
approved consultant be hired by the applicant to perform tests or analysis and to submit an evaluation report to the 
Department for consideration. 



Requested by: PROJECT SPONSOR ARCHITECT/ENGINEER 

Print Name: 

Signature: [PROFESSIONAL 

STAMP HERE] 
Telephone: 



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PLAN REVIEWER COMMENTS: 



RECOMMENDATIONS: Approve Approve with conditions Disapprove 

[signed off/dated by:] 

Plan Reviewer: 

Division Manager: 

for Director of 

Bldg. Inspection 

for Fire Marshal: 



CONDITIONS OF APPROVAL or OTHER COMMENTS 




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AB-060 



ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETIN 



NO. AB-060 
DATE 
SUBJECT 
TITLE 



January 7, 2004 (Updated 01/01/08 for code references.) 

Fire and Life Safety 

Information Technology Rooms Defined and Requirements 



PURPOSE 



REFERENCE 



DISCUSSION 



The purpose of this Bulletin is to provide guidelines for determining what constitutes an 
Information Technology Room per SF Electrical Code and what requirements apply to 
such Information Technology Rooms. 

San Francisco Electrical Code, 2007, Article 645 
NFPA 75, 1995 Edition, Chapter 1 

Because of the need to comply with specific building, mechanical and electrical code 
requirements, there is a need to clearly define when Information Technology Rooms are 
created. Such Information Technology Rooms may be created by being so defined on plans 
and permits, by the general nature of their construction, by the installation of certain types 
of equipment, or by the use of various electrical installation and connection methods. 
When Information Technology Rooms are created, specific construction requirements 
become applicable, particularly regarding wiring methods, fire-resistive construction, and 
HVAC controls. 



An Information Technology Room, also known as an Electronic Computer Data Processing Room, is created by the 
installation of electronic equipment and wiring that does not conform to the standard requirements of Chapter 3, 
Wiring Methods and Materials, and Chapter 4, Equipment for General Use, of the 2007 San Francisco Electrical 
Code. Installation of power cord wiring in under-floor also generally creates an Information Technology Room. 
In general, the installation of computer equipment that is directly connected to the premises wiring system, or that 
is connected to the premises wiring system receptacle outlets by cord-and-plug wiring with a cord not exceeding 
six feet in length, does not create an Information Technology Room. 

An IT Room is created if, by the nature of its design and/or by the method of installation, utilization equipment 
requires power cord wiring in excess of six feet in length. An Information Technology Room is created when 
freestanding equipment racks containing electrical utilization equipment are not provided with outlets installed using 
Chapter 3 wiring methods. One cord and plug connected relocatable power tap, surge suppressor, uninterrupted 
power supply, or similar equipment used in accordance with the terms of its listing may be installed between a 
premises wiring system receptacle and the utilization equipment. 



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When an Information Technology Room is created, the following requirements apply: 

• An emergency power shut-off switch shall be provided that shuts off all data processing and HVAC 
equipment, disconnects UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply Systems) having a capacity of 750 
volt-amperes or more, and shuts required fire/smoke dampers. (California Electrical Code 645-2(a)) 

• Fire/smoke dampers shall isolate the portion of the HVAC system serving the Information Technology 
Room. 

• The Information Technology Room shall be separated from other areas by at least one-hour fire-rated 
construction with protected openings. 

Conforming Information Technology Rooms are permitted to have wiring installed in the following manner: 

• Cord-and-plug connection of equipment using power cords greater than 6 is permitted when protected 
from physical damage as required by NEC Section 645-5(b)3. 

• Interconnection of power units using cord wiring, when the equipment is listed for such use, is permitted. 

• Cord wiring and listed data processing cables are permitted in raised floor areas. 

• Wiring and equipment listed for use as part of Information Technology equipment need not be secured 
in place. 

Procedure for Plan Check and Inspection of Information Technology Rooms: 

It is the responsibility of a permit applicant to identify any area that will be classified as an Information Technology 
Room under this bulletin, and to properly detail and construct all required fire separation assemblies, HVAC 
controls and other features. Department of Building Inspection staff are available through the pre-application and 
pre-addendum plan review procedure (see AB-028) and during the plan review process to assist in determining if 
Information Technology Rooms are being created and to assist in determining necessary construction requirements. 
Detailed compliance information should be provided in the submittal documents and will then appear in the 
approved construction documents. 

If, during the course of building, electrical or other inspection, it is determined that work underway has created an 
Information Technology Room without that room having been detailed in the approved construction documents, 
an additional permit detailing compliance will be required per SFBC 106A.4.7 or the construction shall be altered 
so that the area no longer constitutes an Information Technology Room. 

Approved by the Building Inspection Commission on January 7, 2004 

Originally signed by: 
Frank Y. Chiu, Director 
January 12,2004 



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BUILDING CODE INDEX 



-A- 

ABANDONMENT 

Buildings, unsafe, 102A 

ABATEMENT APPEALS BOARD 

Administration, 105A.2 
Appeals 

Failure of appellant to appear, 105A.2.8.1 

Powers, 105A.2.3 
Assessor-Recorder; decision recorded 
with, 105A.2.8.3, 105A.2.8.5 
Authority upon waiver of hearing, 102A.3 
Buildings, unsafe, 102A.10 
Compensation, 105A.2.10 
Conflict of interest, 105A.2.5 
Continuances, 105A.2.6 
Decisions, 105A.2.8 
Director of the Department of Building 

Inspection, 105.2.2 
Displacement, 105A.2.8.4 
Establishment, 105A.2.1 
Failure of appellant to appear, 105A.2.8.1 
Failure to comply with order, 105 A, 2. 9 
Fees, llOA 

Financial hardship, 105A.2.8.3 
Findings 

Conclusion of hearing, 105A.2.8 

Moratorium request, 105A.2.8.5 
Hearings, 105A.2.6, 105A.2.7, UOA 
Immediate effect of order, 105A.2.8.1, 

105A.2.8.2 
Life-safety hazards, 105A.2.8.2 
Membership, 105A.2.2 
Moratorium 

Displacement of low and moderate income 
persons, 105A.2.8.4 

Duration, 105A.2.8.9 

Financial hardship, 105A.2.8.3 

Hearing, 105A.2.8.6, 105A.2.8.7 

Limited, 105A.2.8.8 

Rescission, 105A.2.8.7 

Term, 105A.2.8.6 

Violations listed, 105A.2.8.8 
Officers, 105A.2.4 
Order; failure to comply, 105A.2.9 
Powers, 105A.2.3 



ABATEMENT APPEALS BOARD (Cont'd) 
Procedure, 105A.2.4 
Quorum, 105A.2.5 
Rehearing, 105A.2.7 
Rules and regulations, 105A.2.4 
Salaries, 105A.2.10 

State Franchise Tax Board, notification 
to, 105A.2.3 
Time requirements; effect, 105A.2.8.1 
Unsafe buildings, 102A.10 

ACCESS APPEALS COMMISSION 

Administration, 105 A, 3 

Appeals, 105A.3.4 

Appointments, 105A.3.2 

Cases involving disabled access, 105A.2.3 

Compensation, 105A.3.2 

Composition, 105A.3.1 

Decisions by resolution, 105 A. 3. 8 

Duties, 105A.3.3 

Establishment, 105A.3.1 

Fees 

Generally, llOA 

Waiver, 105A.3.9 
Finality, 105A.3.3 

Form of appeal; action on, 105A.3.4 
Hearings, 105A.3.3, 105A.3.4.1, llOA 
Meetings, 105A.3.6 
Officers, 105A.3.5 

Official phonographic reporter; fees, 105A.3.7 
Powers, 105A.3,3 
Procedure, 105A.3.5 
Purpose, 105A.3.1 
Qualifications, 105A.3.2 
Decisions, 105A.3.8 
Rehearings, 105A.3.4.1 
Reporter, 105A.3.7 
Resolutions, 105A.3.8 
Rules and regulations, 105A.3.5 
Salaries, 105A.3.2 
Terms, 105A.3.2 
Transcripts; fees, 105A.3.7 
Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals Board 

Disabled access regulations; no authority 
over or waiver of, 1 05 A.7. 1 
Vacancies, 105A.3.2 
Waiver of fee, 105A.3.9 



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ACCESSIBLE 

Defined, 1303 A 

ACCESSIBLE ATTIC SPACE 

Defined, 1303 A 

ACCREDITED LABORATORY 

Defined, 3423.2 

ADJACENT PROPERTIES 

Defined, 3423.2 

ADMINISTRATION 

Abatement Appeals Board, 105A.2 
Access Appeals Commission, 105 A. 3 
Administrative bulletins, 104A.2.1 
Appeals; Building Inspection 

Commission, 105A.8 
Boards, 105 

Building Inspection Fund, 104A.5 
Buildings, unsafe, 102A, 104A.2.5 
Central Permit Bureau, 101A.20 
Code Advisory Committee, 105A.4 
Code enforcement agency, 104A.1 
Code Enforcement and Rehabilitation 

Fund, 104A.4 
Code revisions, 104A.2.11 
Code rulings, 104A.2.1 
Commissions, 105 
Committees, 105 
Controller, 101A.20 
Department of Building Inspection 
Central Permit Bureau, 101A.20 
Enforcement authority, 1 04 A. 1 
Unsafe buildings 

Complaints, 102A.3 
Determination, 102A 
Emergency orders, 102A.16 
Inspections, 102A.3 
Owner's forfeiture of right to do 
work, 102A.15 
Vacation, destruction, repair, 102A.14 
Effective date, 101 A.4 

Appendices, IOIA.4.2 
Fees, llOA 

Order of Precedence, 1 1 A . 7 
Conflicts, IOIA.7.2 
Fire codes, IOIA.7.3 
Specific provisions, 101 A. 7.1 



ADMINISTRATION (Cont'd) 
Organization; enforcement 

Administrative bulletins, 104A.2.1 
Alternate materials, 104A.2.8.1, 104A.2.8.3 
Building Inspection Fund 
Establishment, 104A.5 
Use, 104A.5 
Code Enforcement and Rehabilitation Fund 
Administration, 104A.4.4 
Establishment, 104A.4.1 
Expenditures, 104A.4.4 
Hardship loans, 104A.4.3 
Useofftmds, 104A.4.2 
Code revisions, 104A.2.1 1 
Code modifications, 104A.2.7 
Code rulings, 104A.2.1 
Construction types, approval and 
evaluation, 104A.2.8.3 
Department of Building Inspection 

Building official's powers, 104A.2.1 
Code modifications, 104A.2.7 
Deputies, 104A.2.2 
Enforcement authority, 104A.1 
Liability, Building Official, 104A.2.6 
Order to discontinue use, 104A.2.5 
Right of entry, 104A.2.3 
Stop orders, 104A.2.4 
Suspension or revocation of permits, 
106A.4.5 
Enforcement agency; building code, 

104A.1 
Fabricators, approval and 

evaluation, 104A.2.8.3 
Language requirements 

Applicability of multiple language 

requirement, 104A.6.2 
Definitions 

Dedicated telephone 
number, 104 A. 6.1 
Language of limited English 
proficient residents, 104A.6.1 
Multiple language statement in 
notices, 104A.6.3 
Local equivalencies, 104A,2.7.1 
Materials, approval, and 
evaluation, 104A.2.8.3 
Notice; service of 

Methods, 104A.3.1 
Proof, 104A.3.2 



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ADMINISTRATION (Cont'd) 

Organization; enforcement (Cont'd) 
Occupancy violations, 104A,2.5 
Plan review agencies, approval and 
evaluation, 104A.2.8.3 
Right of entry, 104A.2.3 
Subscription service for rules and 
regulations, 104A.2.1 
Stop orders, 104A.2.4 
Systems, approval and 
evaluation, 104A.2.8.3 
Testing, approval and evaluation, 
104A.2.8.3 
Permit cost analysis, 101A.20 
Purpose, 101A.2 
Reference documents, 101 A. 6 
Safety assessment placards, 101A.21 
Application, IOIA.21.1 
Description, IOIA.21.2 
Prohibitions, IOIA.21.3 
Scope, 101A.3 

Nonstate-regulated buildings, structures 
And applications, 101 A. 3.1 
Seismic Investigation and Hazard Survey 
Advisory Committee, 105A.5 
Title, lOlA.l 
Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals 

Board, 105A.7 
Unsafe buildings, 102A, 104A.2.5 
Validity, 101A.5 
Violations 

Civil penalty, 103A, 103A.3.4 
Declaration, 103 A 
Misdemeanor, 103 A 

ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETINS AND CODE 
RULINGS 

Access to vacant spaces, AB-017 
Board of Examiners; request for 

variance, AB-042 
Building property line walls, AB-009 
Communicating opening equivalencies, AB-010 
Communicating openings between buildings 

on separate properties, AB-010 
Contractors, referral of, AB-040 
Crane site safety plan, AB-023 
Design professionals, referral of, AB-040 
Dimensional tolerances, AB-014 
Disabled access 

Compliance status documentation, AB-056 
Restrooms, AB-006 



ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETINS AND CODE 

RULINGS (Cont'd) 

Disabled access (Cont'd) 

Temporary interruptions, AB-015 
Distribution lists, AB-001, Att. C; AB-002, 

Att. C 
Doors 

Operators, powered, AB-0 1 1 , AB-0 1 2 
Push side clearance, AB-0 16 
Elevator cab size, AB-008 
Emergency escape or rescue windows, AB-0 18 
Exit through garage, AB-020 
Fire escapes, AB-0 19 
High-top vans; parking, AB-007 
Historic building code application, AB-0 13 
Identification of revisions, AB-031 
Illegal unit re-occupancy enforcement 

procedure, AB-027 
Industrial safety permits, AB-025 
Information technology rooms, AB-060 
Local equivalencies, procedures for 

approval, AB-005 
Noise insulation enforcement 

procedure, AB-026 
Office policy and procedure, AB-003 
Plan review procedures, AB-028 
Preparation of, AB-001, AB-002 
Priority permit processing guidelines, AB-004 
Property line wall openings, AB-009 
Referral of design professionals and 

contractors to regulatory agencies, AB-040 
Restrooms; persons with disabilities, AB-006 
Roof hatches in designated buildings, AB-057 
Special inspection 

For demolition, AB-036 
Procedures, AB-046 
Stairway penthouses in designated 

buildings, AB-057 
State industrial safety permits, AB-025 
Street numbering procedure, AB-035 
Structural observation procedures, AB-046 
Vacant spaces, AB-017 
Ventilation; public spaces in Group R 

occupancies, AB-043 

ALARM SYSTEMS 

Fire alarm and detection systems, 907 
Congregate residences, 907.2.9 
Group R-3 congregate residences, 
907.2.10.5.1 
Interior corridors, 907.2.9 



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ALTERNATE MATERLVLS (See ALTERNATE 
METHODS AND DESIGN) 

ALTERNATE METHODS AND DESIGN 

Board of Examiners; requests to, AB-042 
Construction methods and types, 104A.2.8.3 
Fabricators, 104A.2.8.3 
Local equivalencies 

Communicating openings between 

buildings on separate properties, AB-010 
Emergency escape or rescue windows at 

courts and light-wells, AB-018 
Exits through garage for Type V, Group R 
Division 1 Buildings, AB-020 
Fire escapes, AB-019 
New openings in building property line 
walls, AB-009 
Procedures for approval, AB-005 
Use of, 104A.2.7.1 
Materials, 104A.2.8 

Approval by Building Official, 104A.2.8 
Evaluation, 104A.2.8.3 
Subject to other provisions of law, 
104A.2.8.1 
Plan review 

Agencies, 104A.2.8.3 
Pre-application and pre-addendum 
procedures, AB-028 
Systems, 104A.2.8.3 
Testing, 104A.2.8.3, 104A.2.9 

AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS 

Nominations to 

Code Advisory Committee, 105A.4.3.1 
Seismic Investigation and Hazard Survey 
Advisory Committee, 105 A.5. 2.2 

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CFVIL ENGINEERS 

Nominations to Seismic Investigation 
and Hazard Survey Advisory 
Committee, 105A.5.2.2 

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF HEATING, 
REFRIGERATING, AND AIR-CONDITIONING 
ENGINEERS, INC. 

Nominations to Code Advisory 
Committee, 105A.4.3.1 

AMUSEMENT DEVICES 
Permits, 106A.2 



ANCHORING (See also WALLS) 

Seismic strengthening provisions, 1605C.3, 

1607C.3, 1608C.6, 1615C 
Signs, 3107.1.4.1 
Veneer, 1613C.7.1 
Wall anchorage 

Comers, 1613C.1.4 

Interior walls, 1613C.1.6 

Limited access, 1613C.1.5 

Locations, 1613C.1.1 

Minimum, 1613C.1.3 

Party walls, 1613C.1.6 

Requirements, 1613C.1.2 

Seismic strengthening, 1613C.1 

APARTMENT HOUSES OR RESIDENTIAL 
HOTELS 

Hardship loans, 104A.4.3 
Permits, 106A.3.2.3 

APARTMENTS 

Asbestos, 3424.3.3 

Certificate of occupancy, 109A.8 

Doors 

Aluminum, 1005A.8.2 

Electrical, 1005A.8.7 

Entry, 1005A.4 

Exit, 1005A.5 

Fiberglass sectional, 1005A.8.4 

Garage 

Generally, 1005A.8 

Manual chain-driven, 1005A.8.8 

Swinging, 1005A.8.6 

Overhead, 1005A.8.5 

Steel, 1005A.8.3 

Wood, 1005A.8.1 
Fees, llOA 
Garage 

Doors generally, 1005A.8 

Manual chain-driven, 1005A.8.8 

Swinging, 1005A.8.6 
Glazed openings, 1005A.6 
Licenses, 109 A. 8 
Lighting, 1005A.2 
Locks, 1005A.4.1 
Master keying, 1005A.3 
Roof openings, 1005A.7 
Security requirements, 1001A.2, 1005 A 
Ventilation of public spaces, AB-043 
Voice communications, 1005A.1 



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APPEALS 

Abatement Appeals Board, 105 A. 2 

Access Appeals Commission, 105 A. 3. 4 

Board of Examiners, 1 05 A. 1 . 1 .4, 1 1 OA, AB-042 

Buildings, unsafe, 102A.10 

Disabled access, AB-056 

Earthquake hazard reduction, 605B.2 

Fees, 107A.5, 11 OA 

Historic buildings, AB-013 

Lead-based paint, 3423.9.6 

Local equivalencies, AB-005 

Plan review procedures, AB-028 

Sprinkler systems, 3412.27.7 

Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals 

Board, 105A.7.11 
Unsafe buildings, 102A. 10 
Water conservation, commercial, 1314A 

APPENDAGES (See PARAPETS AND 
APPENDAGES) 



ASSESSMENTS 

Board of Examiners, 105A.1.5.3 
Unsafe buildings, 102A.17, 102A.19.2 

ASSESSOR-RECORDER 

Abatement moratorium; financial 

hardship, 105A.2.8.3, 105A.2.8.5 
Property line wall; declaration of use 

limitation, AB-009 

ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS OF 
CALIFORNL^ 

Nominations to Code Advisory 
Committee, 105A.4.3.1 

ASSOCIATION OF ENGINEERING 
GEOLOGISTS 

Nominations to Seismic Investigation and 
Hazard Survey Advisory Committee, 
105A.5.2.2 



APPROVED PLASTIC 

Defined, 3107.1.2.5 



AUXILIARY LOCKING DEVICE 

Defined, 1002 A 



AREA OF A SIGN 

Defined, 3107.1.2.5 

ASBESTOS 

Affidavits, 3424.3.2.1 

Apartments, 3424.3.3 

Defined, 3424.1 

Definitions 

Asbestos, 3424.1 
Asbestos-containing construction 

material, 3424.1 
Asbestos-related work, 3424.1 
Miscellaneous material, 3424.1 
Nonresidential building, 3424.1 
Surfacing material, 3424.1 
Thermal system insulation, 3424.1 
Transfer of title, 3424.1 

Hotels, 3424.3.3 

Information, 3424 

Knowledge of seller, 3424.2.2 

Nonresidential disclosure, 3424.2.1 

Notices, 3424.2 

Permits, 3424.2.2 

Signposting, 3424.3.1 

Structures, existing, 3424 

Work sign posting, 3424.3 



-B- 

BACK CHECKS 

Fees, llOA 

BALCONIES (See STRUCTURAL 
PROJECTIONS) 

BARBECUES (See CHIMNEYS AND FLUES) 

BARRICADES 

Base closure, military, 3422 
Unsafe buildings, 102A.14 

BART (See SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA 
RAPID TRANSIT DISTRICT) 

BASEMENTS 

Automatic sprinkler systems, 903.2.1 
Structure stability, 3306.12 

BAY AND ORIEL WINDOWS 

Encroachments, 3202.3.2 

BAY AREA AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT 
DISTRICT 

Defined, 31 10.1.1 



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BLEACHERS 

Fees, llOA 

BOARD OF EXAMINERS 

Administrative bulletins, AB-042 
Alternate members, 105 A. 1.4 
Alternative design, AB-042 
Appeals, 105 A. 1.1. 4, llOA, AB-042 
Applicant responsibilities, 105A. 1.5.2 
Application to, 105A.1.7 
Application for approval of materials and 

construction types and methods, 105A.L5 
Appointment by Building Inspection 

Commission, 105 A. 1.4 
Assessments, 105 A. 1.3 
Authority, 105A.1.5 

Building Official of the Department of Building 
Inspection, 105A.1.L4, 105A. 1.5,4, 
105A.1.6, 105A.L1.3 
Certification of examinations and 
tests, 105A.1.5.4 
Code revisions, 104A.2.1 1 
Compliance with standards, 105A.1.5.2 
Conflict of interest, 1 05 A. 1.10 
Costs and expenses, 105A.L5.2 
Decisions by resolution, 105 A. 1.1 1 
Definitions 

Licensed, 105 A. 1.4 

Registered, 105 A. 1.4 

Standard of safety, 105A.1.2 
Establishment, 105A.1.1 
Examinations 

Proposed materials and construction 
methods, 105 A. 1.5.1 

Results, 105 A. 1.5. 4 
Ex officio members, 1 05 A. 1 .4 
Expert advice, 105A.1.5.3 
Filing fees, llOA 
Hearings, AB-042 
Innovation assessment, 1 05 A. 1.1.1 
hitent, 105 A. 1.3 
Interpretations, 105A.1.1.3 
Meetings 

Public, 105 A. 1.9 

Quorum, 105 A. 1.10 

Record of, 105 A. 1.1 2 

Secretary to call, 1 05A. 1 .9 
Membership, 105 A. 1.4 
Notices, AB-042 



BOABJ) OF EXAMEVERS (Cont'd) 
Officers, 105 A. 1.8 
Permits, 105 A. 1.6 
Powers, 105A.1.1-, 105 A. 1.4 
Procedure, 105 A. 1.8 
Quorum, 105 A. 1.10 
Records, 105 A. 1.1 2 
Resolutions, 1 05 A. 1.11 
Results of examinations, 105 A. 1.5. 4 
Roles, 105A.1.5.1, 105A.1.8 
Specifications, 105 A. 1.5.1 
Subscription services, 105 A. 1.11 
Testing proposed materials and construction 

methods, 105 A. 1.5.1 
Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals 

Board, 105 A. 1.1. 4 
Variances, 105 A. 1.1. 2, 105 A. 1.6, llOA 

BOAEJ)S (See specific Board) 

BOILER FLUES 

Permits, 106A. 1.6.1 

BOILERS 

Fees, 106A.1.11, UOA 
Notice of violations, llOA 
Permits, 106A.1.11, llOA 

BOLTS-PLUS 

Defined, 1603B 

BUILDING INSPECTION COMMISSION 

Appeals from Unreinforced Masonry Building 

Appeals Board, 105A.7.11 
Appellate authority, 105A.8 
Appointments to Board of Examiners, 105A.1.4 
Code recommendations, 105A.4.2 
Code revisions, 104A.2.1 1 
Fees, llOA 
Hearings, 1 1 OA 
Unreinforced masonry building policy, 105A.7.1 

BUILDING INSPECTION DIVISION (BID) 

Special inspection and structural observation 
procedures, AB-046 

BUILDING INSPECTION FUND 

Establishment, 104A.5 
Use, 104A.5 



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BUILDING NUMBERS 

Fees, 11 OA 

Procedure for assigning, AB-035 

BUILDING OCCUPANCY 

Defined, 1303A 



BURGLARY-RESISTANT GLAZING 
MATERIALS 

Defined, 1002 A 

BUSINESS SIGN 

Defined, 3107.1.2.5 



BUILDING OFFICIAL (See also 
DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING INSPECTION) 

Powers, AB-046 

Special inspection and structural observation 
procedures, AB-046 

BUILDING OWNERS AND MANAGERS 
ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORJNflA 

Nominations to Code Advisory 
Committee, 105A.4.3.1 

BUILDING PERMITS (See PERMITS) 

BUILDING PROPERTY LINE WALLS 

Administrative bulletins, AB-009, AB-010 
Communicating openings, AB-010 
Declaration of use limitation, AB-009 
Fire safety, AB-009, AB-010 
Life safety, AB-009, AB-0010 
Local equivalencies, AB-009, AB-010 
Lot line window agreement, AB-009 
New openings, AB-009, AB-0 1 
Windows adjoining city-owned 
property, AB-009 

BUILDING TYPE 

Defined, 1303 A 

BUILDINGS, MOVED (See MOVED 
STRUCTURES) 

BUILDINGS, MOVING (See MOVING 
BUILDINGS) 

BUILDINGS, TEMPORARY (See 
TEMPORARY BUILDINGS) 

BUILDINGS, UNSAFE (See UNSAFE 
BUILDINGS) 

BUREAU OF ENGINEERING 

Subsurface connection to Bay Area Rapid 
Transit District facilities approval, 106A. 1.3.1 



-C- 

CANOPIES 

Encroachments into public right-of-way, 
3202.3.1 
Pedestrian protection, Table 1 6B-A 

CENTRAL PERMIT BUREAU (CPB) 

Administration, 101A.20 
Controller; permit cost analysis, 101A.20 
Department of Building Inspection, 101A.20 
Establishment, 101A.20 
Fees, 101A.20, 100 
Permits, 101A.20 
Responsibilities, 101A.20 
Special inspection and structural observation 
procedures, AB-046 

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE 

Water conservation, commercial, 1308A.2.2.1, 
1313A.2 

CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY 

Certificate of occupancy, 109A.7 

Apartment houses, 109 A. 8 

Change in occupancy or use, 109 A. 2 

Compliance required, 109A.7 

Enforcement, 109A.1 

Fees, 109A.4 

Group R-1 and R-2 occupancies, 109A.2, 
109A.7, 109A.8 

Issuance, 109A.3 

Police enforcement, 109A.1 

Posting, 109A.5 

Revocation, 109 A. 6 

Structures, existing, 3422.3.1.3, 3422.3.2.2, 
3422.3.2.3, 3422.3.3.3, 3422.3.4.3 

Temporary certificate, 109A.4 
Structures, existing, 3422.3.2.1, 3422.3.2.2, 
3422.3.3.1,3422.4.2 

CERTIFIED LEAD INSPECTOR/ASSESSOR 

Defined, 3423.2 



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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 

Nominations to Code Advisory 
Committee, 105A.4.3.1 

CHANGE IN OCCUPANCY OR USE 

Certificate of occupancy, 1 09A.2 
Existing structures, 3406.4.1 
Permits, 106A.1.12 

CHECKS, DISHONORED 

Fees, 107A.8 

CHIMNEYS AND FLUES 

Defined 

Fireplace, 31 10. LI 

Gas fireplace, 3110.1.1 
Fees, 106A.1.6; UOA 
Permits, 106A.1.6 
Wood-burning appliances, 3110.1.1 

CITY ARCHITECT 

Ex officio member 

Seismic Investigation and Hazard Survey 
Advisory Committee, 105A. 5.2.4 

CITY ENGINEER 

Ex officio member 

Seismic Investigation and Hazard Survey 
Advisory Committee, 105A.5.2.4 
Subsidewalk space permit approval, 106A.1.3 

CLEARANCE INSPECTION 

Defined, 3423.2 

COALITION FOR SEISMIC SAFETY 

Nominations to Unreinforced Masonry Building 
Appeals Board, 105A.7.2.1 

CODE ADVISORY COMMITTEE 

Administration, 105A.4 

Agenda, 105A.4.4.3 

Appointed by the Building Inspection 

Commission, 105A.4.3 
Code revisions, 104A.2.11, 105A.4.2 
Conflict of interest, 105A.4.4.1 
Definitions 

Licensed, 105A.4.3,1 

Registered, 105A.4.3.1 



CODE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (Cont'd) 
Establishment, 105A.4.1 
Functions, 105A.4.2 
Meetings, 105A.4.4.2 

M[embership, 105A.4.1, 105A.4.3, 105A.4.3.1 
Nominations, 105A.4.3.1 
Officers, 105A.4.4 
Powers, 105A.4.2 
Procedure, 105A.4.4 
Qualifications, 105A.4.3.1 
Quorum, 105A.4.4.1 
Record, 105A.4.4.3 

Rules and regulations, 105A.4.2, 105A.4.4 
Term, 105A.4.3 
Vacancy, 105A.4.3.1 

code: ENFORCEMENT 

Administrative bulletin, AB-027 

CODE ENFORCEMENT AND 
REHABILITATION FUND 

Administration, 104A.4.4 
Establishment, 104A.4.1 
Expenditures, 104A.4.4 
Hardship loans, 104A.4.3 
Useofftmds, 104A.4.2 

CODE RULINGS (See ADMINISTRATIVE 
BULLETINS AND CODE RULINGS) 

COLLAR JOINT 

Defined, 1603C 

COMl^lERCLVL BUILDING 

Defined, 1303A 

Wood-burning appliances, 3110.1.1 

COMIMERCIAL WATER CONSERVATION 
(See WATER CONSERVATION, 
COMINIERCIAL) 

COM]\nSSIONS (See specific Commission) 

COM^^TTEES (See specific Committee) 

COMMON AREA 

Defined, 3423.2 



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COMMUNICATING OPENINGS 

Between buildings on separate properties 
Administrative bulletins, AB-010 
Fire safety, AB-0 10 
Life safety, AB-010 
Local equivalencies, AB-010 
Permits, AB-010 

COMPENSATION (See SALARIES AND 
COMPENSATION) 

COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF 
THE CODE FOR SUCH DIVISION OR GROUP 
OF OCCUPANCY 

Defined, 3406.4.1 

COMPUTER DATA PROCESSING ROOM 
(See INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ROOMS) 

COMPUTER ROOMS (See INFORMATION 
TECHNOLOGY ROOMS) 

CONCENTRATED LOADS (See UNIFORM 
AND CONCENTRATED LOADS) 

CONDOMINIUMS 

Doors 

Aluminum, 1005A.8.2 

Electrical, 1005A.8.7 

Entry, 1005A.4 

Exit, 1005A.5 

Fiberglass sectional, 1005A.8.4 

Garage 

Generally, 1005 A. 8 

Manual chain-driven, 1005A.8.8 

Swinging, 1005A.8.6 

Overhead, 1005A.8.5 

Steel, 1005A.8.3 

Wood, 1005A.8.1 
Garage 

Doors generally, 1005A.8 

Manual chain-driven, 1005A.8.8 

Swinging, 1005A.8.6 
Glazed openings, 1005A.6 
Lighting, 1005A.2 
Locks, 1005A.4.1 
Master keying, 1005A.3 
Roof openings, 1005A.7 
Security requirements, 1 005A 
Voice communications, 1005A.1 



CONGREGATE RESIDENCES 

Homeless shelters, 3403.6 

CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION DEBRIS 

Defined, 1303B 

CONSULTING ENGINEERS ASSOCIATION 
OF CALIFORNIA 

Nominations to Seismic Investigation and 
Hazard Survey Advisory Committee, 
105A.5.2.2 

CONTAINMENT AND BARRIER SYSTEMS 

Defined, 3423.2 
CONTRACTOR 

Defined,3423.2,AB-023 

CONTROLLER 

Annual fee review, 107A.12 
Chimney and flue permits, 106A.1.6 
Garage door permits and fees, 106A. 1 .8 
Permit cost analysis, 101A.20 
Report of unsafe building assessment costs 
filed with, 102A. 19.4 

CORD AND PLUG CONNECTION OF 
EQUIPMENT (See INFORMATION 
TECHNOLOGY ROOMS) 

COST-EFFECTIVE 

Defined, 1303 A 

COURTS AND COURTYARDS (See 
EMERGENCY ESCAPE OR RESCUE 
WINDOW) 

CRANES 

Safety standards, 1704.19 
Tower cranes, AB-023 

CROSSWALL 

Defined 

Crosswall, 1603C, 1611C.3.1 
Crosswall shear capacity, 1603C 

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DEADBOLT 

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DEADLATCH 

Defined, 1002A 

DEADLOCKING LATCH BOLT 

Defined, 1002 A 

DECAY PROTECTION 

Inaccessible walls, 2304.1 1.2.6 

DECKS (See STRUCTURAL PROJECTIONS) 

DEDICATED TELEPHONE NUMBER 

Defined, 104A.6.1 

DEMOLITION (See also SAFEGUARDS 
DURING CONSTRUCTION) 

Buildings other than Type V, 3303. 1 . 1 
Debris removal, 3303.4 
Demolition contractor, AB-036 
Earthquake hazard reduction, 1604B.1, 

1605B.4 1605B.5 
Fees, 106A.1.5; llOA 
General requirements. Appendix J 
Inspections, AB-036 
Permits, 106A.1.5, AB-025 
Required plans, 3303.1.2 
Special inspector, AB-036 
Special inspection, 3303.7 
• Unlawful residential demolition replacement 
Civil penalties, 103A.3.4 
Defined 

Demolition, 103A.3.2 
Principal portion, 103A.3.12 
Residential unit, 103A.3.12 
Hearing, 103A.3.3 
Penalties nonexclusive, 103A.3.5 
Without a permit; effect, 103 A. 3.1 

DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING INSPECTION 

Administration, 104A.1 

Building Official 

Abatement Appeals Board, 105A.2.2 

Administration, 104A.2 

Board of Examiners, 1 05 A. 1 . 1 .4, 

105A.1.5.4, 105A.1.6, 
Code change recommendations, 105A.4.2 
Code modifications, 104A.2.7 
Cooperation of other officials and officers, 

104A.2.10 
Determination, 102A 



DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING INSPECTION 

(Cont'd) 

Building Official (Cont'd) 

Emergency orders, 102A.16 
Ex officio member of Board of 
Examiners, 105 A. 1.4 
Fees, 107A.12 
Hardship loans, 104A.4.3 
Liability, 104A.2.6 
Military base closure graduated 
compliance plan, 3422.3.2.3 
Order to discontinue use, 104A.2.5 
Powers, 104A.2.1, 3412.27.6, 3423.6.1 
Right of entry, 104A.2.3 
Secretary to 

Abatement Appeals Board, 105A.2.2 
Access Appeals Commission, 

105A.3.2 
Code Advisory Committee, 105A.4.3.1 
Seismic Investigation and 
Hazard Survey Advisory 
Committee, 105A.5.2.4 
Unreinforced Masonry Building 
Appeals Board, 105A.7.2.1 
Stop orders, 104A.2.4 
Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals 
Board; recommendations from, 105A.7.1 
Unsafe buildings, structures or property, 

102 A 
Variances, 105 A. 1.6 
Central Permit Bureau, 101A.20 
Enforcement authority, 1 04A. 1 
Permits 

Bay Area Rapid Transit District 
facilities, 106A. 1.3.1 
Issuance; protected classes; permit 
issuance, 106A.1, 106A.4.1 
Priority processing guidelines, AB-004 
Protected classes; permit issuance, 106A.1 
Special inspection and structural observation 
procedures, 106A.3.5, AB-046 

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS 

Subsurface connection to Bay Area Rapid 
Transit District facilities approval, 106A. 1 .3. 1 

DESIGN STANDARDS (See STRUCTURAL 
DESIGN) 

DIAPHRAGM EDGE 

Defined, 1603C 



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DIAPHRAGM SHEAR CAPACITY 

Defined, 1603C 

DIMENSIONAL TOLERANCES 

Administrative bulletins, AB-014 

Brick walls, AB-0 14 

Cabinets, AB-014 

Concrete masonry, AB-014 

Concrete paving and slabs, AB-014 

Construction, AB-014 

Counter tops, AB-014 

Doors 

Clear opening, AB-014 
Operating pressure, AB-0 1 4 

Granite, AB-014 

Gypsum wallboards, framing, AB-014 

Handrails, AB-014 

Inspections, AB-014 

Lath, AB-014 

Limestone, AB-014 

Marble, AB-014 

Plaster, AB-014 

Plumbing fixtures, AB-014 

Pull stations, AB-014 

Receptacles, AB-014 

Slate tile; flooring or walls 

Stone 

Storefronts, AB-014 

Switches, AB-014 

Terrazzo, AB-014 

Threshold, AB-014 

Wall board partitions, ceilings, and 

trim, AB-014 

Wood floor and framing, AB-014 

DIRECTOR OF PROPERTY 

Lot line window agreements, AB-009, Att. C, 
Sees. 23.45,23.46 

DISABILITIES (See also ACCESS APPEALS 
COMMISSION) 

Access compliance status 
documentation, AB-056 
Access to vacant spaces, AB-0 17 
Appeals, AB-056 
Building access, AB-056 
Compliance status documentation, AB-056 



DISABILITIES (Cont'd) (See also ACCESS 
APPEALS COMMISSION) 

Dimensional tolerances, AB-014 
Doors 

Exterior and interior clearance, AB-01 1 

Level landings, AB-0 12 

Push-side clearance, AB-0 16 
Elevator cab size, AB-008 
Earthquake hazard reduction, 1 606B 
Fees, AB-056 

Field inspection procedures, AB-056 
Historic building code application, AB-0 13 
Letter of compliance status, AB-056 
Parking equivalencies, AB-007 
Permits, AB-056 
Plan review, AB-056 
Records, AB-056 
Restrooms; accessibility, AB-006 
Temporary disruptions to disabled 
access, AB-0 15 
Vacant spaces, AB-0 17 

DISTURB OR REMOVE LEAD-BASED PAINT 

Defined, 3423.2 

DOCUMENTS 

Fees, 107A.11 

DOOR OPERATORS, POWERED 

In lieu of door side clearance, AB-01 1 
In lieu of level landings, AB-0 12 

DRAINAGE 

Balconies, 1403.7 

Decks, 1403.7 

Exceptions, App. J 104.3 

Fees, App. J112 

Grading, App. J 109 

Roof areas, 1503.4 

Surface drainage, App. J 109.5 

DIOVEWAYS 

Permits, 106A.2 

DUMBWAITERS (See ELEVATORS AND 
CONVEYING SYSTEMS) 



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E 



EARTHQUAKE RECORDING 
INSTRUMENTATION (See STRUCTURAL 
DESIGN) 

EARTHQUAKES (See SEISMIC 
DISTURBANCES) 

EDGEHILL MOUNTAIN SLOPE 
PROTECTION AREA 

Applications for construction, 106A.3,2 
Creation, 106A.4. 1.2.1 
Inspection reports, 1704.18 
Mandatory denial, 106A.4. 1.2.4 
Mandatory review, 1 06A.4. 1 .2.3 
Permits, 106A.4. 1.2.1, 106A.4. 1.2.2 
Purpose, 106A.4. 1.2.2 
Structural Advisory Committee, 105A.6.2 
Structural tests and inspections, 1704.18 

EGRESS, MEANS OF 

Exit signs, 1011.1 
Fire escapes, 1011.1, AB-01 9 
Ladders, 1001.1 
Stairways, 1001.1 

ELECTRICAL PLANS 

Fees, 106A.4.11 

ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS 

Fees, llOA 
Permits, llOA 

ELECTRICAL TRANSFORMERS 

Sidewalks, 3203.3 

ELECTRICAL WIRING (See INFORMATION 
TECHNOLOGY ROOMS) 

ELECTRONIC COMPUTER DATA 
PROCESSING ROOM (See INFORMATION 
TECHNOLOGY ROOMS) 

ELEVATORS AND CONVEYING SYSTEMS 

Cab size equivalent, AB-008 
Construction, 3007.3 
Definitions 

Private residence type elevator, 3007.2 
Dumbwaiters, 3007.3 



ELEVATORS AND CONVEYING SYSTEMS 

(Cont'd) 

Exemptions, 1 06A. 1.10.3 

Fees, 106A.10 

General regulations, 1 06A. 1,10.1 

Permits, 106A.1.10 

Private residences, 3007.2, 3007.3 

Sidewalks, 3203 

Temporary interruption, AB-01 5 

EMERGENCIES 

Unsafe buildings, 102A.16 

EMEFLGENCY ESCAPE OR RESCUE 
WINDOWS 

Courtyards and light-wells 
Fire safety, AB-01 8 
Life safety, AB-01 8 
Local equivalencies, AB-01 8 

EMERGENCY POWER SHUT-OFF SWITCHES 
(See INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ROOMS) 

ENCROACHMENTS INTO THE PUBLIC 
RIGHT-OF-WAY (See also SITE WORK, 
DEMOLITION, AND CONSTRUCTION) 

Appendages, 3202.3.2 
Balconies, 3202.3.2 
Building drain, 1403.7, 3201.4 
Canopies, 3202.3.1, Table 16B-A 
Drainage, 3201.4 
Marquees, 3202.3.1 
Materials 

Administration, 104A.2.8.3 

Approval, 104A.2.8.3 

Evaluation, 104A.2.8.3 

Fees, 104A.2.8.3 

Signs, 3107.1.5, 3107.1.6 
Pedestrian walkways 

Fire assemblies, 3202.3.4 

Pedestrian walkways over public streets, 
3202.3.4 

Sprinkler systems, automatic, 3202.3.4 
Sewers, 3201.4 
Sidewalks, 3203 

Electrical transformers, 3203.3 

Excavations, 3203.1 

General regulations, 3203.1 

Openings, 3203.2 

Coverings, 3203.2.3 



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ENCROACHMENTS INTO THE PUBLIC 
RIGHT-OF-WAY (Cont'd) (See also SITE 
WORK, DEMOLITION, AND 
CONSTRUCTION) 

Sidewalks (Cont'd) 

Framing, 3203.2.4 
Guards, 3203.2.5 
Other purposes, 3203.2.3 
Sidewalk elevators, 3203.2.2 
Trapdoors, 3203.2.1 
Signs, 3202.3.1 
Special construction 
Defined, AB-0046 
Signs, 3107 

Construction, 3 1 07. 1 .5 

Electric plastic signs, 3107.1.5.3 
Plastics, 3107.1.5.2 
Wood-faced signs, 3107.1.5.4 
Design, 3107.1.4 
General, 3107.1.2 

Definitions, 3107.1.2.5 
Existing signs, 3107.1.2.4 
Permit number, 3 1 07. 1 .2.2 
Prohibitions, 3107.1.2.1 
Revocable permits, 3107.1.2.3 
Ground signs, 3107.1.6 

Design and construction, 
3107.1.6.2 
Height, 3107.1.6.1 
Height, 3107.1.3 
Location, 3107.1.3 
Projection, 3107.1.3 
Removal of business signs, 3107.1.7 
Scope, 3107.1.1 

Exempt signs, 3 1 07. 1 . 1 .2 
General, 3 107.. 1.1.1 
Temporary structures, 3 1 03 

ENERGY CONSERVATION 

Earthquake hazard reduction, 1 607B 

Fees, llOA 

Unreinforced masonry, 1607B 

ENFORCEMENT (See ADMINISTRATION) 



EPA 



Defined, 31 10.1.1 
EPA-certified wood heater 

Defined, 31 10.1.1 

Wood-burning appliances, 3110.1.1 



EQUIVALENCY (See ALTERNATE METHODS 
AND DESIGN) 

ESCALATORS (See ELEVATORS AND 

CONVEYING SYSTEMS) 

ESSENTIAL FACILITY 

Defined, 1603C 

ESTABLISHED CONTRACTOR'S COST 

Defined, 1303A 

ESCROW 

Defined, 1303A 

EXISTING STRUCTURES (See STRUCTURES, 

EXISTING) 

EXITS 

Lighting and illumination 
Fire escape, AB-019 
Garage egress, AB-020 

EXPEDITER 

Fees, UOA 

EXTERIOR 

Defined, 3423.2 

EXTERIOR WALLS (See WALLS) 
-F- 

FEES 

Abatement Appeals Board, 1 1 OA 
Access Appeals Commission, 105A.3.7, 

105A.3.9, llOA 
Apartment houses, llOA 
Appeals, 107A.5, llOA 
Back checks, llOA 
Bleachers, 11 OA 
Board of Examiners, 1 lOA 
Boilers, 106A.1.11, UOA 
Building Inspection Commission, 1 lOA 
Building numbers, 107A.10, llOA 
Building Official of the Department of Building 

Inspection, 107A.12 
Building survey, 107A.9 
Buildings, moving of, 106A.1.4, 106A. 1.4.1, 

106A.1.5, llOA 
Buildings or structures, temporary, 106A.1.7 



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FEES (Cont'd) 

Buildings owned and occupied by federal or 

state governments, 1 OVA. 1 .2 
Buildings, unsafe, 102A.19.5 
Central Permit Bureau 

Application processing, 11 OA 
Collection, 101A.20 
Certificate of occupancy, 109A.4, llOA 
Checks, dishonored, 107A.8 
Chimneys, llOA 

Commencement of work not started, 1 lOA 
Construction materials, 104A.2.8.3 
Delinquent fees, 107A.8 
Demolition, llOA 
Disabled access, AB-056 
Documents, 107A.11 
Electrical plans. 
Electrical systems, 1 1 OA 
Elevators and lifts, 106A.1.10 - 106A.1.10.3 
Energy conservation, 1 1 OA 
Exemption from fees, 1 07A. 1 .2 
Expediter, 11 OA 
Express plan review, 106A.4.13 
Fee review, 107A.12 
Fees in error, 107A.6.2 
Fire pumps, 1 1 OA 
Flues, 11 OA 

Garage door operators, 1 1 OA 
Garage doors, 1 06 A. 1 ,8 
Gas lines, 11 OA 
General, 107A.1 
Generators, 1 1 OA 

Grading, 1 lOA, App. J 103.2, App. Jl 12 
Hearings, 1 1 A 
Hotels, UOA 
HVAC, UOA 
Impervious surfaces in front yard setback 

areas, 106A.1.13, llOA 
Improvement work, 107A.3.3 
Inspections, 107A.11.1, 108A.3.2, 11 OA 
Investigations, 107A.5 
Liens, llOA 

Lifts, 106A.1.10, 106A.1.10.2 
Local equivalencies, AB-005 
Lot line window agreements, AB-009, Att. C, 

Sees. 23.46,23.48 
Masonry bearing walls, 1 lOA 
Mechanical equipment, 1 1 OA 
Mechanical plans, 106A.4. 10 



FEES (Cont'd) 

Miechanical standards, 1 1 OA 

Mlotels, llOA 

Mioving buildings, 106A.1.4, 106A. 1.4.1, 

i06A.1.5, llOA 
New construction, llOA 
Notice of violation, 1 lOA 
Paving, 106A. 1.1 3,11 OA 
Permits, 106A.1.2, 106A.1.3, 106A.3. 2.2.2, 

106A.4.2, 106A.4.5, 107A.7 
Permits, work without, 107A. 5 
Plan review, 106A.4.12, 107A.3, 107A.3.1, 

107A.4,107A.6.1, 107A.6.2, llOA, AB-028 
Plumbing, 11 OA 

Plumbing plan review, 106A.4.12 
Records, 107A.11, 11 OA 
Refiinds, 107A.6 
Reports, 107A. 11, UOA 
Reproduction fees, 107A.11.2 
Reroofmg, UOA 
Residential buildings, 1 1 OA 
Schedule of fee tables, 1 lOA 
Services and regulatory functions of the 

Department, 107A.13 
Sewers, UOA 

Sij^ns, 106A. 1.9.2, 106A. 1.9.3, UOA 
Single-family dwellings, UOA 
Site permits 

Addenda expiration, 1 07A.4. 1 
Street numbering procedure, AB-035 
Strong motion instrumentation, 107A.7 
Strong Motion Revolving Fund, 107A.7.1 
Stmctures, existing,3422.5 
Surveys, 1 1 OA 

Temporary buildings or structures, 106A.1.7 
Tenant improvement work, 107A.3,2 
Two-family dwellings, UOA 
Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals 

Board, 105A.7.5 
Unsafe buildings, 102A.19.5 
Variances, UOA 
Water lines, UOA 
Wiring, exhibition, UOA 

FENCES 

Construction, 3302.3 
Height regulations, 446. 1 
Pei-mits, 106A.2 
Site work, 3302.3 



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FILL 

Grading, App, J 103.2 

Permits, 106A.1, 106A.1.2, 106A.3.3 

Site work, 3304.1 

FINES (See PENALTIES) 

FIRE ALARM AND DETECTION SYSTEMS 
(See ALARM SYSTEMS) 

FIRE DAMPERS (See INFORMATION 
TECHNOLOGY ROOMS) 

FIRE ESCAPES 

Access, AB-0 19 
Balcony requirements, AB-019 
Construction in the public right-of-way, 3201 
Egress, means of 

Fire escapes, 1 1 A 1 , AB-0 1 9 

Stairways, 1001.1 
Exit lighting and illumination 

requirements, AB-019 
Fire and life safety, AB-019 
Height regulations, AB-019 
Installation of fire escapes, 101 A. 1.1 
Ladder requirements, AB-019 
Local equivalency, AB-019 
New installations, AB-019 
Roof access, AB-019 
Wood frame buildings, AB-019 

FIRE MARSHAL 

Ex officio member 

Board of Examiners, 105 A. 1.4 
Code Advisory Committee, 105A.4.3.1 
Seismic Investigation and Hazard Survey 
Advisory Committee, 105A.5.2.4 
Military base closure graduated compliance 
plan, 3422.3.2.3 

FIRE-PROTECTION SYSTEMS 

Automatic sprinkler systems, 903 
Definitions, 902 

Fire alarm and detection systems, 907 
Standpipe systems, 905 

Classes of, defined, 902,1 

Stages, 905.3.4 
Earthquake hazard reduction. 
Fire department connections, 901 .4 
Unreinforced masonry bearing wall 
buildings, 1606B 



FIRE PUMPS 

Fees, llOA 

FERE SAFETY (See ALTERNATE METHODS 
AND DESIGNS) 

FIRE SPRINKLERS 

Garage areas for Type V, Group R, Division 1 
buildings, AB-020 

FIREPLACE (See also CHIMNEYS AND 
FLUES) 

Defined, 31 10.1.1 
FIRE-RESISTANCE-RATED CONSTRUCTION 

Fire partitions, 708 

Information technology rooms, 708.1 

FLOORS, WOOD FRAME 

Interior floor finish, 804. 1 

FLUES (See BOILER FLUES or CHIMNEYS 
AND FLUES) 

FOUNDATION FOR SAN FRANCISCO'S 
ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE 

Nominations to Code Advisory 
Committee, 105A.4.3.1 

FRANCHISE TAX BOARD (See STATE 
FRANCHISE TAX BOARD) 



G- 



GARAGES 

Apartments and condominiums 

Generally, 1005A.8 

Manual chain-driven, 1005 A. 8. 8 

Swinging, 1005A.8.6 
Areas for Type V, Group R, Division 1 
Buildings 

Exit access and lighting, AB-020 

Fire and life safety, AB-020 

Fire sprinklers, AB-020 

Local equivalency for exiting, AB-020 

Rear yards, AB-020 
Door operators; fees, 1 1 OA 
Doors 

Fees, 106A.1.8 

Permits, 106 A. 1. 8 
Ventilation, 406.1.3 



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GARBAGE 

Defined, 3110.1.1 

GAS FIREPLACE (See also CHIMNEYS AND 
FLUES) 

Defined, 3110.1.1 

GAS LINES 

Fees, llOA 
Permits, llOA 

GENERATORS 

Fees, llOA 

GRADING 

Construction, App. J 103. 2 
Construction on a single lot, App. J 103.2 
Drainage, App. J 109 
Fees, 1 lOA Table lA-F, App. Jl 12 
Fill, App. J103.2 

Grading depths, App. J 103.2, App. J 104.3 
Grading plans, App. J 104.3 
Hazardous wastes, 106A.3.2.4.1, 106A.3.2.4.4 
Hunters Point shipyard, 106A.3.2.5 
Parks, App. J 103 .2 

Permits, 106A.1.2, 106A.3.3, App. J103.2, 
App. J104,App.J112 
Plan review, App. Jl 12 
Retaining wails, App. J 104.3 
Sewers, App. J 103 .2 
Sidewalks, App. J 109.5 
Site work, 3304.1 
Streets, App. J 103. 2 
Terracing, App. J 109 
Utilities, App. J 103 .2 

GROUP R OCCUPANCIES 

Exit through garage area for Type V, Group R 
Division 1 Occupancy, AB-020 
Security requirements, 1001A.2 
Ventilation of public spaces, AB-043 

GUEST ROOM COOKING FACILITIES 

Group R Occupancies, 3 10.2.5 

GYPSUM BOARD AND PLASTER 

Allowable values for existing materials, 
Table 16C-D 
Shear walls and floor systems, 1704.17 



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HANDICAPPED PARKING 

High-top vans, equivalency, AB-007 

HARDWARE, PANIC (See PANIC 
HARDWARE) 

HAZAiRD SURVEY ADVISORY COMMITTEE 
(See SEISMIC INVESTIGATION AND 
HAZAiRD SURVEY ADVISORY COMMITTEE) 
HAZ^JRDOUS FACILITY 

Defined, 1603C 

HAZARDOUS WASTES 

Grading, 106A.3 .2.4.1, 106A.3. 2.4.4 

Notices, 106A.3. 2.4.4 

No time limits, 106A.3 .2.4.3 

Permits, 106A.3.25, 106A.3.2.4.2 

Soil sampling and analysis, 106A.3. 2.4.1 

HEARINGS 

Abatement Appeals Board, 105A.2.6, 105A.2.7, 

llOA 
Access Appeals Commission, 105A.3.3, 

105A.3.4.1, llOA 
Board of Examiners, AB-042 
Building Inspection Commission, 1 lOA 
Buildings, unsafe, 102A.3 - 102A.5, 102A.18.2, 

102A.19.2 
Demolition, 103A.3.3 
Fees, llOA 

Lead-based paint, 3423.9.2, 3423.9.3 
Unsafe buildings, 102A.3 - 102A.5, 102A.18.2, 

102A.19.2 

HEIGHT REGULATIONS 

Fences, 106A.1.13 
Fire escapes, AB-019 
Parapets, 1613C.6 
Sij^s, 3107.1.3, 3107.1.6.1 

HEPA 

Defined, 3423.2 

HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS 

Crane site safety plan, AB-023 
Sprinkler systems, automatic, 3412.27 
Structures, existing, 3403.1.1 



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HIGH-TOP VANS 

Parking, AB-007 

HISTORICAL BUILDING SAFETY BOARD 
(See STATE HISTORICAL BUILDING SAFETY 
BOARD) 

HISTORIC BUILDINGS 

Access Appeals Commission, 105A.3, AB-013 

Appeals, AB-0 13 

Disabled access alternatives, AB-013 

Equivalent facilitation, AB-013 

Plan review, AB-028 

Seismic strengthening, 1602C.4 

State Historical Building Safety Board, AB-013 

Unreinforced masonry, 1602C.4 

HOMELESS SHELTERS 

Earthquake hazard reduction, 1 606B 
Structures, existing, 3403,6 
Unreinforced masonry, 1 606B 

HOTEL, RESIDENTIAL (See APARTMENT 
HOUSES OR RESIDENTIAL HOTELS) 

HOTELS 

Asbestos, 3424.3.3 

Communicating doors between rooms, 1004A.2 

Entry doors, 1004A.1 

Fees, llOA 

Key box, 1004A.4 

Locks, 1004A.1 

Message box, 1004A.4 

Roof openings, 1004A.3 

HOUSE MOVING (See MOVING BUILDINGS) 

HUNTERS POINT SHIPYARD 

Compliance with Health Code Article 3 1 

required, 106A.3. 2.5.1 
Permit 

Approval, 106A.3.2.5.2 

Conditions, 106A.3.2.5.2 

Notification, 106A.3.2.5.4 
Time limitations inapplicable, 106A.3.2.5.3 

HVAC 

Fees, llOA 



HYDRANTS (See FIRE HYDRANTS) 

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ILLEGAL UNIT RE-OCCUPANCY 
ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURE, AB-027 

IMPERVIOUS SURFACES 

Fees, 106A.1.13, llOA 
Penalties, 106A.1.13 
Permits, 106A.1.13 
Setbacks, 106A.1.13 
Yard regulations, 1 06A. 1.13 

IMPROVEMENTS (See also WATER 
CONSERVATION, COMMERCIAL) 

Fees, 107A.3.3 

INDIGENCE (See LOW AND MODERATE 
INCOME PERSONS AND FAMILIES) 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ROOMS 

Defined, AB-060 

Fire-resistance-rated construction, 708.1 
Inspections, AB-060 
Permits, AB-060 
Requirements, AB-060 

IN-PLACE MASONRY SHEAR TESTS 

Seismic strengthening provisions, 1614C 
Unreinforced masonry, 1614C 

INSPECTIONS (See also STRUCTURAL TESTS 
AND INSPECTIONS) 

Administration, 104A.2.3 
Approval required, 108A.4 
Certification, 108A.3.2 
Concealed work, 108A.7.4 
Concrete slab or under-floor, 108A.5.3 
Construction, 1304B 
Demolition, 3303.7 
Disabled access, AB-056 
Earthquake hazard reduction, 1605B.5 
Fees, 107A.11.1, 108A.3.2, llOA 
Final inspection, 108A.5.9 
Fire-rated suspended ceilings, 108A.5.8 
Foundation, 108A.5.2 



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INSPECTIONS (Cont'd) 
Frame, 108A.5.6 
Generally, 108A.1 

Information technology rooms, AB-060 
Inspection and observation program, 106A.3.5 
Inspection requests, 108A.3 
Lath or gypsum board, 108 A. 5.7 
Lead-based paint, 3423.6 
Lots surveyed and staked, 108A.1 
Moving buildings, 106A. 1.4.1 
Noise insulation, AB-026 
Off-hour inspections, 108A.3.1 
Other departments, 108A.3.2 
Other inspections, 108A.7 

Concealed work, 108A.7.4 
Permits, 106A.4.9, 108A.1, 108A.3.2 
Record card, 108A.2 
Registered civil engineer, 108A.1 
Registered land surveyor, 108A.1 
Reinforcing steel, 108A.5.4 
Reinspection, 108A.8 
Reports, 108A.3.2 
Required inspections, 108A.5 

Concrete slab or under-floor, 108 A. 5. 3 

Final Inspection, 108A.5.9 

Fire-rated suspended ceilings, 108A.5.8 

Foundation, 108A.5.2 

Frame, 108A.5.6 

General, 108A.5.1 

Lath or gypsum board, 108A.5.7 

Reinforcing steel, 108A.5.4 

Structural steel, 108A.5.5 
Site work, 3304 

Special inspection procedures, 106A.3.5, 
AB-046 

Special inspectors, 106A.3.5, 108A.1 
Structural observation procedures, AB-046 
Structural steel, 108A.5.5 
Structures, existing, 3422.1, 3422.2, 3422.3.1.1, 
3422.3.2.1,3422.3.3.1 
Suspended ceilings, 108A.5.8 
Tower crane safety plans, AB-023 
Trenches, AB-025 
Unreinforced masonry, 1605B.5 
Unsafe buildings, 102A, 102A.3 
Water conservation, commercial, 1304A.2, 
1306A.1, 1308A.2.1, 1312A, 1313A.1, 
1314, 1316A 

INTERIOR 

Defined, 3423.2 



INTEMOR ENVIRONMENT 

Lighting, 1205 

Depth of structural projections, 1205.2.2 

Height requirements, 1205.2.2 
Ventilation, 1203 

Congregate residences in R-1 and R-2 
occupancies, 1203.4 

Mechanical ventilating system, 1203.5 

INTEmOR FINISHES 

Interior floor finish, 804 

Wood frame floor construction, 804.1 

INVESTIGATIONS 

Fees, 107A.3 

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JUMPING 

D(3fined, AB-0023 



LADDERS 

Fire escapes, AB-019 
Means of egress, 1001.1 

LANGUAGE OF LIMITED ENGLISH 
PROFICIENT RESIDENTS 

Defined, 104A.6.1 

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS 

Applicability of multiple language 

requirement, 104A.6.2 
Definitions 

Dedicated telephone number, 104A.6.1 
Language of limited English proficient 
residents, 104A.6.1 
Multiple language statement in notices, 
104A.6.3 

LEAD 

Defined, 3423.2 

LEAD-BASED PAINT 

Action by Building Official, 3423.9.1 

Administrative enforcement procedures, 3423.9 

Appeals, 3423.9.6 

Authority of Building Official, 3423.6.4 

Authority to inspect, 3423.6.1 

Clean up standards, 3423.4.4 



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LEAD-BASED PAINT (Cont'd) 

Complaint, evaluation of, 3423.6.3 
Complaint, response to, 3423.6.2 
Containment and bather systems, 3423.4.2, 

3423.6.3.1 
Decisions, 3423.9.3 
Defined, 3423.2 
Definitions 

Accredited laboratory, 3423.2 

Adjacent properties, 3423.2 

Certified lead inspector/assessor, 3423.2 

Clearance inspection, 3423.2 

Common area, 3423.2 

Containment and barrier systems, 3423.2 

Contractor, 3423.2 

Disturb or remove lead-based paint, 3423.2 

Exterior, 3423.2 

HEPA, 3423.2 

Interior, 3423.2 

Lead, 3423.2 

Lead-based paint, 3423.2 

Lead-based paint testing, 3423.2 

Lead paint, 3423.2 

Person, 3423.2 

Pre-1979 building, 3423.2 

Prohibited practices, 3423.2 

Regulated area, 3423.2 

Responsible party, 3423.2 

Steel structure, 3423.2 

Work debris, 3423.2 
De minimis exception to notification, 3423.5.2 
Building Inspector of Department of Building 

Inspection, 3423.6.1, 3423.6.4, 3423.9.1 
Discretionary duty, 3423. 11. 2 
Early commencement of work 

By ov^^ner, 3423.5.7 

Residential occupant request, 3423.5.8 
Enforcement, 3407.7 3423.7 
Exterior clean up, 3423,4.4.2 
Failure to comply, 3423.9.1 
General prohibitions, 3423.3 
General regulations, 3423.1 
Hearings, 3423.9.2, 3423.9.3 
Inspections, 3423.6 
Intent, 3423.1.1.2 
Interior clean up, 3423.4.4.1 
Liability, 3423.1 1.1 
Method of service, 3423 .10.1 
Notice of early commencement of 
work, 3423.5.7,3423.5.8 



LEAD-BASED PAINT (Cont'd) 

Notice to residential occupants, 3423.5.6, 

3423.5.6.1 
Notices, 3423.2 

Notification requirements, 3423.5 
Penalties for offenses, 3423.7, 3423.8 

Alternative penalty, 3423.8.2.1 

Appeal of penalty, 3423.8.2 

Applicability of alternate penalty, 
3423.8.2.1.1 

Use of penalty, 3423.8.1.1 
Performance standards, 3423.4 
Posting and service of order, 3423.9.3 
Prevent migration of work debris, 3423.4.3 
Proof of service, 3423.10.2 
Protection of floor and furnishings, 3423.4.2.2 
Protection of ground, 3423.4.2.1 
Purpose, 3423.1.1.1 
Remedies and enforcement by City 
Officials, 3423.11 
Restriction of access, 3423.4.1 
Sampling, 3423.6 
Scope, 3423.1.1.3 

Interior, 3423.1.1.3.1 

Exterior, 3423.1.1.3.2 
Severability, 3423.12 
Signs, 3423.5.4,3423.5.5 
Sunset section, 3423.5.3 
Work practices on pre-1979 buildings and 
steel structures, 3423 

LEAD-BASED PAINT TESTING 

Defined, 3423.2 

LEAD PAINT 

Defined, 3423.2 

LETTER OF DISABLED ACCESS 
COMPLIANCE STATUS 

Disabled access, AB-056 

LIABILITY 

Building Official, 104A.2.6 
Demolition, 103A.3.3 
Lead-based paint, 3423.1 1.1 
Permits, 106A.3.1 

LICENSED 

Defined, 105A.1.4, 105A.4.3.1 



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LICENSES (See PERMITS) 

LIENS 

Demolition, 103A.3.3 
Fees, llOA 

Unsafe buildings, 102A.18.1, 102A.19.2, 
102A.19.5 

LIFE SAFETY (See ALTERNATE METHODS 
AND DESIGNS) 

LIFE-SAFETY HAZARDS 

Abatement Appeals Board, 105A.2.8.2 

LIFTS (See ELEVATORS, DUMBWAITERS, 
ESCALATORS AND MOVING WALKS) 

LIGHTING 

Apartments, 1005A.2 
Condominiums, 1005A.1 
Interior environment, 1203 
Signs, 106A. 1.9.1 
Structural projections, 1205.2.2 

LIGHT- WELLS (See EMERGENCY ESCAPE 
OR RESCUE WINDOWS or EMERGENCY 
ESCAPE OR RESCUE WINDOWS) 

LOADS (See UNIFORM AND 
CONCENTRATED LOADS) 

LOCAL EQUIVALENCY (See ALTERNATE 
METHODS AND DESIGN) 

LOT LINE WINDOW AGREEMENTS 

Authority, AB-009, Att. C, Sec. 23.45 
Determination of value, AB-009, Att. C, 

Sec. 23.46 
Director of Property, AB-009, Att. C, Sec. 23.46 
Fees, AB-009, Att. C, Sees. 23.46, 23.48 
Openings at property line walls, AB-009, Att. C 
Local equivalency, AB-009, Att. C 
Requirements, AB-009, Att. C, Sec. 23.47 

LOW AND MODERATE INCOME PERSONS 
AND FAMILIES 

Abatement moratorium due to displacement of 

people, 105A.2.8.4 
Hardship loans, 104A.4.3 
Rehabilitation programs, 104A.4.2 



LOW AND MODERATE INCOME PERSONS 
AND FAMILIES (Cont'd) 
V/aiveroffees, 105A.3.9 

LOW -FLOW TOILETS 

V/ater conservation, commercial, 1315A.3 



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MAR]KET STREET 

Subsidewalk space permit restrictions, 106A.1.3 

MARQUEES 

Encroachments into the public right-of-way, 
3202.3.1 

MASONRY (See also UNREINFORCED 
MASONRY BUILDING APPEALS BOARD) 

Bearing walls; fees, 1 1 OA 
Expansion bolts, 2106.2.16 

MAYOR'S OFFICE OF EMERGENCY 
SERVICES 

Director, ex officio member 

Seismic Investigation and Hazard Survey 
Advisory Committee, 105A.5.2.4 

MECILyVICAL EQUIPMENT 

Fees, llOA 
Permits, llOA 

MECI[ANICAL PLANS 

Fees, 106A.4.10 

MECEIANICAL STANDARDS 

Fees, llOA 

MEETINGS 

Access Appeals Commission, 105A.3.6 
Board of Examiners, 105A.1.9, 105A.1.12, 

/lB-042 
Code Advisory Committee, 105A.4.4.2 
Plan review, AB-028 
Seismic Investigation and Hazard Survey 

Advisory Committee, 105A.5.2.3, 105A.5.3 
Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals 

Board, 105A.7.8, 105A.7.10 

MILITARY BASE CLOSUTUE 

Applicable codes, 3422.2.1 



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MILITARY BASE CLOSURE (Cont'd) 
Certificate of final completion and 
occupancy, 3422.3.1.1, 3422.3.2.1, 3422.3.2.2, 
3422.3.3.1,3422.4.2 
Certificate of occupancy, 3422.3.1.3, 3422.3.2.2, 
3422.3.2.3, 3422.3.3.3, 3422.3.4.3 
Change in occupancy or use 

No anticipated alterations, 3422.3.3 

With planned alterations, 3422.3.4 

Complying building or structure, 3422.3.1.1, 

3422.3.2.1, 3422.3.3.1, 3422.3.4.1 
Enforcement, 3422.4 

Existing structures, 3422 
Fees, 3422.5 

General regulations, 3422.1 
Graduated code compliance plan 

Approval, 3422.3.1.3, 3422.3.2.3, 
3422.3.3.3,3422.3.4.3 

Required, 3422.3 

Timetable, 3406.3 
Inspections, 3406.1, 3406.2, 3406.3.1.1, 
3406.3.2.1,3406.3.3.1 
No change in occupancy or use 

No anticipated alterations, 3422.3.1 

Planned alterations, 3422.3.2 
Notice of violation, 3422.4.1 
Notices, 3422.2.2 

Presubleasing code compliance, 3422.2 
Remedial work, 3422.3.1.2, 3422.3.3.2, 

3422.3.4.2 
Remedial work required, 3422.3.1.2, 3422.3.2.2, 

3422.3.3.2, 3422.3.4.2 

Revocation of certificate of final completion and 

occupancy, 3422.4.2 
Safety standards, 3422.3.1.2, 3422.3.1.3, 

3422.3.2.1, 3422.3.3.3, 3422.3.4.1 
Sanitation, 3422.3.1.3, 3422.3.2.1, 3422.3.3.3, 

3422.3.4.1 

MISCELLANEOUS MATERIAL 

Defined, 3424.1 

MODIFICATIONS (See ALTERNATE 
METHODS OR DESIGN) 

MOTELS (See HOTELS) 



MOVING BUILDINGS 

Application for new site, 106A. 1.4.2 

Demolition, 106A.1.5 

Fees, 106A.1.4, 106A.1.4; llOA 

Inspections, 106A. 1.4.1 

New sites, 106A. 1.4.2 

Notices, 106A.4.6 

Permits, 106A.1, 106A.1.4, 106A.4.6 

MOVING WALKS (See ELEVATORS AND 
CONVEYING SYSTEMS) 

MULTIPLE LANGUAGES IN NOTICES (See 
LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS) 

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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE 
REMODELING INDUSTRY 

Nominations to Code Advisory 
Committee, 105A.4.3.1 

NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS 
ASSOCIATION 

Nominations to Code Advisory 
Committee, 105A.4.3.1 

NEW CONSTRUCTION 
Permits, llOA 

NOISE INSULATION 

Administrative bulletins, AB-026 

Electrical switches, AB-026 

Inspections, AB-026 

New residential use buildings, AB-026 

Party walls, AB-026 

Plan check, AB-026 

Tests, AB-026 

Wall and floor-ceiling assemblies, AB-026 

NONCONFORMING ELECTRICAL WIRING 
INSTALLATIONS (See INFORMATION 
TECHNOLOGY ROOMS) 

NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING 

Defined, 3424.1 



MOVED STRUCTURES 

Structures, existing, 3408 



NORMAL WALL 

Defined, 1603C 



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NORTHWEST MT. SUTRO SLOPE 
PROTECTION AREA 

Creation, 106A.4. 1.3.1 

Mandatory denial, 106A.4. 1.3.4 

Mandatory review, 106A.4.1.3.3 

Permits, 106A.4.1.3 

Purpose, 106A.4.1.3.2 

Structural Advisory Committee, 105A.6.2 

Structural tests and inspections, 1704.18 

NOTICE OF VIOLATION 

Boilers, llOA 

Buildings, unsafe, 102A.3, 102A.5 

Fees, llOA 

Structures, existing, 3422.4.1 

NOTICES (See also LANGUAGE 
REQUIREMENTS) 

Administration, 104A.3 
Asbestos, 3424 
Board of Examiners, AB-042 
Change in occupancy, 106A.4.6 
• Demolition, 103A.3.3 
Earthquake hazard reduction, 1605B.1, 1605B.2 
Hazardous wastes, 106A.3.2.4.4 
House moving, 106A.4.6 
Hunters Point shipyard, 106A.3.2.5 
Illegal unit re-occupancy enforcement 

procedure, AB-027 
Lead-based paint, 3423.5, 3423.9.2 
Parapets and appendages, 1 602D 
Penalties for offenses, 103 A 
Permits, 106A.3.2.2.2, 106A.3.2.3, 106A.3.2.4, 

106A.3.2.5.2, 106A.4.6, AB-027 
Sprinkler systems, automatic, 3412.27.5 
Street numbering procedure, AB-035 
Structures, existing, 3422.2.2 
Water conservation, commercial, 1309A 
Unreinforced masonry, 1605B.1, 1605B.2 
Unsafe buildings, 102A.4, 102A.1 1.3, 102A.16, 

102A.18.2 

NUISANCES 

Unsafe buildings, 102A 

Water conservation, commercial, 1305A.1 



OFFICE POLICY AND PROCEDURE 

Final draft, AB-003 

Identify proposed office policy and 

procedure, AB-003 
Prepare approved copy for printing and 

distribution, AB-003 
Report office policy and procedure to Building 

Inspection Commission, AB-003 
Review draft office policy and 

procedure, AB-003 

ONE-STORY DETACHED ACCESSORY 
BUH^DINGS OR STRUCTURES 

Permits, 106A.2 

OPEN FRONT 

Defined, 1603C 

OPEMNGS AT PROPERTY LINE WALLS (See 
BUILIDING PROPERTY LINE WALLS) 

OPENINGS BETWEEN BUILDINGS, 
COMIVIUNICATING (See COMMUNICATING 
OPENINGS) 

ORG^lNIZATION (See ADMINISTRATION) 

ORIEL WINDOWS (See BAY AND ORIEL 
WINDOWS) 

ORIGINAL BUILDING OR STRUCTURE 

Defmed, 3403.2.3.1.1 

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PAINT SOLVENTS 

Definitions, 3110.1.1 

PAINTS 

Defined, 31 10.1.1 

PANIC HARDWARE 

Administrative bulletins, AB-016 

Conditions for administrative approval, AB-016 

Disabled access, AB-1 1, AB-12, AB-016 



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OFFENSES (See PENALTIES) 



PARAIPETS AND APPENDAGES 

Exterior walls, 160 ID 
Haizards, correction of, 1602D 



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PARAPETS AND APPENDAGES (Cont'd) 
Notices, 1602D 
Permits, 1602D, 1604D 
Retroactive provisions, 160 ID 
Unreinforced masonry parapets and 
appendages, 1604D 
Variances, 1603D 
Walls, 1603D 



PENTHOUSES 

Roofing and roof structures, 1509.2 

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS 

Lead-based paint, 3423.4 

PERMIT APPLICANT 

Defined, 1303A 



PARKING AREAS 

Security requirements, 1003 A. 8 

PARKS 

Grading, App. J 103.2 

PARTY WALL 

Defined, 1603C 

PAVING (See IMPERVIOUS SURFACES) 

PEDESTRIAN WALKWAYS 

Fire assemblies, 3202.3.4 
Pedestrian walkways over public streets, 
3202.3.4 
Sprinkler systems, automatic, 3202.3.4 

PELLET-FUELED WOOD HEATER (See also 
WOOD HEATER) 

Defined, 3110.1.1 

PENALTIES 

Code violations 

Actions and proceedings 

Building standards subject to Mobile 
Home Parks Act, 103A.2.1 
Building standards subject to 
Employee Housing Act, 103A.2.2 
Structures subject to state housing law 
103A.2 
Civil liability, 103 A 
Health and safety code, 103A.1 
Misdemeanor, 103 A 
Demolition, 103A.3.4 
Impervious surfaces, 106A.1,13 
Lead-based paint, 3423.7, 3423.8 
Liability for fines, 103 A 
Notices, 103 A 

Unlawful residential demolition, 103A.3.1 
Unsafe buildings, 102A.3, 102A.11, 104A.2.5 
Water conservation, commercial, 13 05 A 



PERMIT APPLICATION PROCESSING 

Fees, llOA 

PERMIT PROCESS EXPEDITER 

Permits, 106A.3.6 

Powers and duties, 106A.3.6 

PERMITS 

Administration, 106 
Administrative bulletins, AB-025 
Alteration work, 1 06A.3 . 1 
Amusement devices, 106A.2 
Apartment houses or residential 

hotels, 106A.3.2.3 
Application 

Cancellation during processing, 106A.3.7 

Cancellation of approved 
application, 106A.3.9 

Disapproval, 106A.3.8 

Processing, 106A.3.1.1 

Withdrawal, 106A.3.8.1 
Architect or engineer of record, 106A.3.4 

Designation, 106A.3.4.1 
Asbestos, 3424.2.2 
Board of Examiners, 1 05A. 1 .6 
Boiler flues, 106A. 1.6.1 
Boilers, 106A.1.11, llOA 
Cancellation of application 

Approved application, 106A.3.9 

During processing, 106A.3.7 
Central Permit Bureau, 101A.20 
Change in occupancy or use, 106A.1.12, 
Chimneys and flues, 106A.1.6, 1 lOA 
Communicating openings between buildings 
on separate properties, AB-010 
Demolition 

Fees, 106A. 1.5, llOA 

Generally, 103A.3.1, 106A.1, 106A.3.2.2.1, 
106A.4.4, 106A.4.6, llOA, AB-025, 
AB-036 

Notice requirement, 106A.3.2.2 



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PERMITS (Cont'd) 

Demolition (Cont'd) 

Permits, 106A.1.5 
Department of Building Inspection, 1 06A. 1.3.1 
Description of work covered, 106A.3.1 
Disabled access, AB-056 
Disapproval of application, 106A.3.8 
Doors, replacement of, 106A.2 
Driveways, 106A.2 

Earthquake hazard reduction, 1604B.2.4 
Edgehill Mountain Slope Protection Area 

Creation, 106A.4. 1.2.1 

Purpose, 106A.4. 1.2.2 

Mandatory denial by Director, 106A.4. 1.2.4 

Mandatory review, 106A.4.1.2.3 
Electrical plans, review of, 106A.4.1 1 
Electrical systems, 1 1 OA 
Elevators and lifts, 106A.1.10 
Excavations, 106A.1, 106A.1.2, 106A.3.3 
Exempt work, 1 06A.2 
Expiration, 106A.4.4 
Express plan review, 106A.4.123 
Fees, 106A.1.2, 106A.1.3, 106A.3.2.2.2, 

106A.4.2, 106A.4.5, 107A.4.1, 107A.5, 107A.7 
Fences, 106A.2 

Fill, 106A.1, 106A.1.2, 106A.3.3 
Finish work, 106A.2 
Floor coverings, 106A.2 
Flues, 106A.1.6 
Garage doors, 1 06 A . 1 . 8 
Gas lines, UOA 
Glazing, 106A.2 

Grading, 106A.1, 106A.3.3, App. J103.2, 
App. J104, App. J112 
Hazardous wastes, 106A.3.2.4, 106A.3.2.4.2 
Historic buildings, AB-013 
House moving, 106A.1, 106A. 1.4.2, 106A.4.6 
Hunters Point shipyard, 106A.3.2.5 
Impervious surfaces, 106A.1.13 
Incomplete applications, 106A.3.2.1 
Information on plans and specifications, 

106A.3.3 
Information technology rooms, AB-060 
Inspections, 106A.4.9, 108A.1, 108A.3.2 
Issuance, 106A.4 

Endorsement or stamp of approval, 
106A.4.1 

Partial issuance, 106A.4.1 
Invalid permits, 106A.4.5 
Legal description of land 106A.3.1 



PERIMITS (Cont'd) 
Liability, 106A.3.1 
Lifts, 106A.1.10 
Local equivalencies, AB-005 
Mechanical equipment, llOA 
Mechanical plans, review of, 106A.4.10 
Minor repairs to existing interior plaster or 

wallboard, 106A.2 
Movable cases, counters and partitions, 106A.2 
Moving buildings 

Application for new site, 106A. 1.4.2 
Fees, 106A.1.4, llOA 
Required, 106A.1.4 
Name and address of architect, engineer, and 

contractor, 106 A. 3.1 
New buildings or structures, 106A.3.1 
New construction, 1 1 OA 
Notices, 106A.3.2.2.2, 106A.3.2.3, 106A.4.6, 

AB-027 
One-story detached accessory buildings or 

structures, 106A.2 
Painting, 106A.2 
Papering, 106 A. 2 

Parapets and appendages, 1602D, 1604D 
Permit process expediter, 106A.3.6 
Permit required for additional work, 106A.4.7 
Permits required, 106A.1 
Platforms, 106A.2 
Plumbing, llOA 

Plumbing plan review, 106A.4.12 
Plan review, 106A.1.2, 106A.4.9, 110A,AB-028 
Pre-application plan review or 

inspection, 106A.4.9 
Prefabricated swimming pools, 106A.2 
Preliminary drawings and specifications, 

106A.3.4.2 
Priority permit processing guidelines, AB-004 
Procedure for assigning street numbers 

(addresses), AB-035 
Process expediter, 106A.3.6 
Protected classes, 106A.1 
Quarries, 106A.1 
Records, 106A.4.2 
Replacement of approved construction 

documents, 106A.4. 
Reports, geotechnical, 1063.3 
Required data and information, 106A.3.1 
Reroofing, 106A.2, llOA 
Residential elevators and lifts, 106A.1.10 
Retaining walls, 106A.2 



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PERMITS (Cont'd) 

Retention of approved construction 

documents, 106A.4.2 
Revocation fornoncompliance, 106A.4.6 
Roof hatches in lieu of stairway 

penthouses, AB-057 
Separate permits required, 106A.1.1 
Sidewalks, 106A.2 

Signs, 106A.1.9, 106A.3.2.3., 106A.4.6, 3107 
Site permit, 106A.4.2 
Specifications, 106A.3.1 
Sprinkler heads, 106A.2 
Structures owned and occupied by federal or 

state government, 106A.2 
Structures owned or leased by the city and 

county, 106A.2 

Submittal documents, 106A.3.2 
Subsidewalk space, 106A,1.3 
Substantial alterations, 106A,3.2.3 
Subsurface connection to rapid transit district 

facilities, 106A. 1.3.1 
Surface mounting of readily removable 

materials on interior walls, 106A.2 
Suspension or revocation, 106A.4.5 
Temporary buildings or structures, 106A.1.7 
Temporary motion picture, television and 

theater stage sets and scenery, 106A.2 
Tower crane site safety plans, AB-023 
Transfer of application, 106A.3.1 
Transfer of permit, 1 06 A.4 .1.1 
Trenches, AB-025 
Unreinforced masonry, 1604B.2.4 
Validity of permit, 106A.4.3 
Valuation; new building, addition, remodeling 

or alteration, 106A.3.1 
Valuation; volume of material, 106A.1.2 
Water lines, llOA 
Water tanks, 106A.2 
Withdrawal of application, 106A.3.8.1 
Work 

Additional work, permit required, 106A.4.7 
Commencement on permit expired due to 
work not started, 106A.4.4.1 
Recommencement on permit expired due to 
work not completed, 106A.4.4.2 
Exempt from permit, 106A,2 

PERSON 

Defined, 3423.2 



PLACARDS (See UNSAFE BUILDINGS, 
STRUCTURES, OR PROPERTY) 

PLAN CHECK (See INFORMATION 
TECHNOLOGY ROOMS) 

PLAN CHECK ENGINEERS/INSPECTORS 

Special inspection and structural observation 
procedures, AB-046 

PLAN CHECK SERVICES DIVISION (PCSD) 

Special inspection and structural observation 
procedures, AB-046 

PLAN REVIEW 

Administrative bulletins, AB-005, AB-028, 

AB-031, AB-057 
Agencies, 104A.2.8.3 
Board of Examiners; requests to, AB-042 
Construction methods and types, 104A.2.8.3 
Crane site safety plan, AB-023 
Disabilities 

Access, AB-056 
Provisions applicable to historic 
buildings, AB-0 13 
Drawings, identification of revisions, AB-031 
Fabricators, 104A.2.8.3 
Fees, 106A.4.12, 107A.3, 107A.3.1, 107A.4, 

107A.6.2, 11 OA, AB-028 
Grading, App. J112 
Information technology rooms AB-060 
Local equivalencies 

Communicating openings between 
buildings on separate properties, AB-010 
Emergency escape or rescue windows at 
courts and light-wells, AB-018 
Exits through garage for Type V, Group R 

Division 1 buildings, AB-020 
Fire escapes, AB-019 
New openings in building property line 

walls, AB-009 
Procedures for approval, AB-005 
Use of, 104A.2.7.1 
Materials, 104A.2.8.3 
Meetings requests, AB-028 
Permits, 106A.4.9 
Pre-application and pre-addendum 
procedures, AB-028 
Signs, 106A. 1.9.3 

Special inspection and structural observation 
procedures, AB-046 



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PLAN REVIEW (Cont'd) 
Systems, 104A.2.8.3 
Testing, 104A.2.8.3 
Tower crane site safety plans, AB-023 

PLANNING DEPARTMENT 

Director, ex officio member 

Seismic Investigation and Hazard Survey 

Advisory Committee, 105A. 5.2,4 
Subsurface connection to Bay Area Rapid 

Transit District facilities approval, 106A. 1.3.1 



PRI]V[ARY LOCKING DEVICE 

Defined, 1002 A 

PRINCIPAL PORTION 

Defined, 103A.3.2 

PRTS'^ATE RESIDENCE TYPE ELEVATOR 

Defined, 3007.2 

PROHIBITED PRACTICES 

Defined, 3423.2 



PLASTER (See GYPSUM BOARD 
AND PLASTER) 



PROTECTED CLASSES 

Building permits; not a factor, 106A.1 



PLASTIC 

Foam plastic insulation, 2603 
Roofing, 2603.3 
Signs, 3107.1.5.2,3107.1.5.3 
Thermal barrier, 2603.4.1.5 



PUBLIC RECORDS (See RECORDS) 

PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION 

Water conservation, commercial, 1307A.2, 
1311 A.l, 1314A.2, 1316A.1 



PLATFORMS 

Permits, 106A.2 

PLUMBING 

Fees, llOA 

Minimum plumbing fixtures, 2902.1 

Permits, llOA 

PLUMBING FIXTURES, MINIMUM 

Table A-29-A, following Ch. 29 

PLUMBING PLAN REVIEW 

Fees, 106A.4.12 

POINTING 

Defined, 1603C 

POOR SOIL 

Defined, 1603B 

PORCHES (See STRUCTURAL 
PROJECTIONS) 



-Q- 

QUALIFIED HISTORICAL BUILDING 

Defined, 1603C 

Disabled access alternate, AB-013 

QUALIFIED INSPECTOR 

Defined, 1303 A 

QUAILIFIED PROFESSIONAL 

Defined, 1303 A 

QUARRIES 

Permits, 106A.1 

QUORUM 

Abatement Appeals Board, 105A.2.5 
Board of Examiners, 105A.1.10 
Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals 
Board, 105A.7.7 



R 



POWERED DOOR OPERATORS (See DOOR 
OPERATORS, POWERED) 

PRE-1979 BUILDING 

Defined, 3423.2 



RECONSTRUCTION 

Defined, 3110.1.1 

RECORDS 

Board of Examiners, 105 A. 1.1 2 
Buildings, unsafe, 102A.19.3, 102A.19.5 



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Code Advisory Committee, 105A.4.4.3 
Construction, 103 A. 3. 3 
Demolition, 103A.3.3 
Disabled access, AB-056 
Earthquake hazard reduction, 1605B.3 
Fees, 107A.11, llOA 
Inspections, 108A.2 
Local equivalency, AB-005 
Permits, 106A.4.2 
Plan review meeting, AB-028 
Site work, 103A.3.3 
Unreinforced masonry, 1605B.3 
Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals 
Board, 105A.7.10 
Water conservation, commercial, 1313A.3 

REGISTERED 

Defined, 105 A. 1.4, 105A.4.3.1 

REGULATED AREA 

Defined,3423.2 

REPAIR AND DEMOLITION FUND 

Abatement costs for unsafe property, 102A.12 
Administrative costs authorized, 102A.13 
Funds carry over fiscal year, 102A.13 
Replenished with funds collected under 

proceedings, 102A.13 
Unsafe buildings, 102A.12, 102A.13 

REPORTER 

Fees, 105A.3.7 

REPORTS 

Fees, 107A.11, llOA 

Inspections, 108A.3.2 

Permits, 106A.3.3 

Seismic Investigation and Hazard Survey 

Advisory Committee, 105A.5.4 
Seismic strengthening provisions, 1615C.5 
Structural Advisory Committee, 1056.3 
Unreinforced masonry, 161 5C. 5 
Unsafe buildings, 102A.3, 102A.18.1, 

102A.19.1, 102A.19.4 

REROOFING (See ROOF ASSEMBLIES AND 
ROOFTOP STRUCTURES) 

Fees, llOA 

Permits, 106A.2, llOA 



RESCUE WINDOWS (See EMERGENCY 
ESCAPE OR RESCUE WINDOWS) 

RESIDENTIAL BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF 
SAN FRANCISCO, INC. 

Nominations to Code Advisory 
Committee, 105A.4.3.1 

RESIDENTIAL DEMOLITION REPLACEMENT 

Assessment of costs, 103A.3.3 
Civil penalties, 103A.3.4 
Definitions, 103A.3.2 
Demolition without permit; restrictions, 

103A.3.1. 
Hearing, 103A.3.3 
Notice, 103A.3.3 
Penalties 

Civil penalties, 103A.3.4 
Nonexclusive, 103A.3.5 
Record, 103A.3.3 

RESIDENTIAL HOTELS (See APARTMENT 
HOUSES OR RESIDENTIAL HOTELS) 

RESIDENTIAL UNIT 

Defined, 103A.3.2 

RESPONSIBLE PARTY 

Defined, 3423.2 

RESTROOMS (See DISABILITIES) 

RIGHT OF ENTRY 

Administration, 104A.2.3 

ROOF ASSEMBLIES AND ROOFTOP 
STRUCTURES 

Fire classification, 1505 

Class B roof coverings, 1505.1 

Detached accessory structures, 1505.1 
General, 1501 

Historical buildings, or properties, 1501.1 
Minimum roof covering classification. 
Table 1505.1 
Requirements for roof coverings, 1507 

Untreated wood shingles, 1507.8 

Untreated wood shakes, 1507.9 
Rooftop structures, 1509 

Penthouses, 1509.2 

Roof decks, 1509.6 



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ROOF ASSEMBLIES AND ROOFTOP 
STRUCTURES (Cont'd) 
Weather protection, 1503 

Drainage, 1503.4 
Plastic insulation, 2603 
Reroofmg 

Fees, 11 OA 

Permits, 106A.2, llOA 

ROOF HATCHES 

In lieu of stairway penthouses in designated 
buildings 

Local equivalency, AB-057 
Permits, AB-057 

-S- 

SAFEGUARDS DURING CONSTRUCTION 

Buildings other than Type V, 3303.1.1 
Chutes for the removal of materials and 
debris, 3306.10 
Civil penalties, 103A.3.4 
Costs and expenses, 103A.3.3 
Debris Recovery Program 

Definitions, 1303B 

Permit condition, 1304B 

Permit notification, 1305B 

Recovery of construction and demolition 
debris, 1302B 

Title, 1301B 
Demolition, 3303 

Buildings other than Type V, 3303.1.1 

Concrete structures, 3303.1.1 

Required plans, 3303.1.2 

Special inspection, 3303.7 

Vacant lots, 3303.4 

Debris removal, 3303.4 
Excavations, 3307.1 
Falling debris, 3306.11 
Fees, llOA 

Fences, 3302.3, 3408.2 
Fill, 3304.1 
Fire safety, 3311.2 
Grading, Appendix J 
Hearings, 103A.3.3 
Inspections, 3303.7 
Liability, 103A.3.3 
Liens, 103A.3.3 
Moving buildings, 106A.1.5 
Notices, 103A.3.3 
Penalties, 103A3.1 



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(Cont'd) 

Permits, 103A.3.1, 106A.1, 106A.3.2.2, 

106A.3.2.2.1, 106A.4.4, 106A.4.6, llOA 
Protection of adjoining property, 3307.1 
Protection of pedestrians, 3306 
Records, 103A.3.3 
Required plans, 3303.1.2 
Site work, 3304 

Temporary wood shoring and forms, 3304.1 
Stairways, 3306.10 
Standpipes, 3311 
Structural tests and special inspections, 1701.5 

Chapter 17 
Structure stability, 3306.12 
Unsafe buildings, 102A.12 - 102A.14, 

102A.16, 102A.17 
Water conservation, commercial, 1310A 
Wood,3306.11 

SAFETY STANDARDS 

Cranes, 1704.19 

Structures, existing, 3422.3.1.2, 3422.3.1.3, 
3422.3.2.1, 3422.3.3.3, 3422.3.4.1 

SALAIEOES AND COMPENSATION 

Abatement Appeals Board, 105A.2.10 
Access Appeals Commission, 105A.3.2 
Seismic Investigation and Hazard Survey 
Advisory Committee, 105A.5.2.3 

SAMPLING 

Lead-based paint, 3423.6 

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA RAPID 
TRANSIT DISTRICT 

Subsurface connection to district 
facilities, 106A. 1.3.1 

SANITATION 

Structures, existing, 3422.3.1.3, 3422.3.2.1, 
3422.3.3.3,3422.3.4.1 

SCHOOLS, PRTVATE 

Seismic strengthening provisions for 
unreinforced masonry bearing wall 
buildings, 1602C.3 

SECURITY REQUIREMENTS 

Apartments, 1001A.2, 1005 A 

Clearances, 1003A.1 

Condominiums, 1005 A 

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SECURITY REQUIREMENTS (Cont'd) 
Definitions 

Auxiliary loclcing device, 1002A 

Burglary-resistant glazing materials, 1002A 

Deadbolt, 1002A 

Deadlatch, 1002A 

Deadlocking latch bolt, 1002A 

Primary locking device, 1002A 

Window locking device, 1 002 A 
Door assemblies, 1003A.2 
Fire-rated door assemblies, 1003A,3 
Glazing, 1003A.4 
Group R Occupancies, 1001A.2 
Hotels, 1001 A.3 
Locks, 1003A.4 
Main entrance, 1003A.2.1 
Metal gates, 1003A.5 
Parking areas, 1003A.8 
Scope, 1001 A. 1 

Self-closing locks on doors, 1003A.2 
Sliding glass doors, 1003A.6 
Sliding glass windows, 1003A.7 
Special hotel and motel security requirements 

Communicating doors between 
rooms, 1004A.2 

Entry doors, 1004A.1 

Key box, 1004A.4 

Locks, 1004A.1 

Message box, 1004A.4 

Roof openings, 1004A.3 
Viewer, 1003A.2.2 

SEISMIC DESIGN 

Expansion bolts, 2106.2 

SEISMIC DISTURBANCES 

Hazard reduction in unreinforced masonry 
bearing wall buildings 

Administration, 1605B.2.6 

Appeals, 1605B.2 

Compliance requirements, 1604B 

Conservation, 1607B 

Construction, 1605B.2.5 

Definitions, 1603B 

Demolition, 1604B.1, 1605B.4 1605B.5 

Disabled access requirements, 1606B 

Energy conservation, 1 607B 

Enforcement, 1605B.4 

Existing utilities, 1606B 

Fire protection services, 1 606B 



SEISMIC DISTURBANCES (Cont'd) 

Hazard reduction in unreinforced masonry 
bearing wall buildings (Cont'd) 
Homeless shelters, 1 606B 
Inspections, 1605B.5 
Inventory 

Form, 1604B.2.1 

Processing, 1605B.3 

Removal from, 1605B.5 
Level of risk assigned, 1604B.2.2.2 
Notices, 1605B.1, 1605B.2 
Permits, 1604B.2.4 
Phased strengthening, 1605B.8 
Program implementation, 1604B.2 
Purpose, 160 IB 
Records, 1605B.3 
Retrofitting legislation, 1605B.7 
Risk assessment, 1604B,2.2 
Scope, 1602B 

Seismic strengthening, voluntary, 1605B.6 
Signs, 1605B.5 
Transfer of title, 1604B.2.6 
Utilities, 1606B 
Earthquake Recording instrumentation 1604,12 
Existing Buildings, 1604.12.4 
General, 1604.12.1 
Location, 1604.12.2 
Maintenance, 1604.12.3 

SEISMIC INVESTIGATION AND HAZARD 
SURVEY ADVISORY COMMITTEE 

Administration, 105A.5 

Appointments, 105 A. 5. 2 

Chair, 105A.5.2.1 

Compensation, 105A.5.2.3 

Composition, 105A.5.2 

Duties, 105A.5.1 

Establishment, 105A.5.1 

Ex officio members, 105A.5.2.4 

Meetings, 105A.5.3 

Membership, 105A.5.2 

Nominations, 105A.5.2.2 

Purpose, 105A.5.1 

Qualifications, 105A.5.2.1 

Recommendations to Building Inspection 

Commission, 105A.5.1 
Report, 105A.5.4 
Salaries, 105A.5.2.3 
Terms, 105A.5.2 



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SEISMIC SAFETY RETROFIT BOND 
PROGRAM 

Manager; nominations to Unreinforced 

Masonry Building Appeals Board, 105A. 7.2.1 
Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals Board 

Representative, a member of, 105 A. 7.2.1 

Assistance from, 105 A. 7.1 

SEISMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA 

Nominations to Seismic Investigation and 
Hazard Survey Advisory Committee, 

105A.5.2.2 

SEISMIC STRENGTHENING PROVISIONS 
FOR UNREINFORCED MASONRY BEARING 
WALL BUILDINGS 

Acceptable diaphragm span, 161 IC.4.1 
Adjacent buildings, 1613C.10 
Allowable wall height-to-thickness 

ratios, 1611C.7.1 
Alterations, 1605C.2 

SEISMIC STRENGTHENING PROVISIONS 
FOR UNREINFORCED MASONRY BEARING 
WALL BUILDINGS (Cont'd) 

Analysis of vertical elements of the lateral 
force-resisting system, 1612C.1 

Anchoring, 1605C.3 

Application of load and determination of 
results, 1614C.3 

Bed joints, 1614C.2 

Bolts-plus procedure, 1609C.2 

Chords, 1610C.4, 1611C.4.3 

Clay block tile, 1606C.3.2.2 

Collar joints, 1606C.3.3.5 

Collector elements, 1613C.3 

Collectors, 1611C.4.4 

Concrete masonry units, 1606C.2 

Crosswalls, 1609C.2, 1611 C.3 - 1611 C.3.5 

Definitions, 1603C, 161 IC.3.1 

Demand-capacity ratio, 1611C.4.2, 1611C.4.5.2 

Design lateral forces, minimum, 1610C.1 

Design values, allowable, 1608C 

Detailed system design requirements, 1613C 

Diaphragm forces, 1611C.4.5.1 

Diaphragm openings, 1612C.4.5 

Diaphragm shear transfer, 1611C.5, 1613C.2 

End quarter of diaphragm, 161 IC.4.5.3 

Essential and hazardous facilities, 1602C.2 

Existing materials, 1606C.2 

Existing unreinforced masonry walls, 1 606C.3 



SEIST^C STRENGTHENING PROVISIONS 
FOR UNREINFORCED MASONRY BEARING 
WALL BUILDINGS (Cont'd) 

Existing wall anchors, 1607C.3 

Flexural rigidity, 1612C.2.1 

Floor and roof plans, 1605C.3 

Foundation, 1608C.7 

General material requirements, 1606C.1 

General requirements, 1605C 

Grouted hollow concrete, 1606C.3.2.2 

Height regulations, 1609C.2, 1610C.1, 1611C.1 

Historical buildings, 1602C.4 

Hollow clay tile units, 1606C.2 

Iri-place masonry shear tests, 1614C 

Joint preparation, 1616C.2 

Lateral force distribution, 1612C.4.1 

Lateral forces on elements of 
structures, 1610C.2, 1611C.2 

Masonry compression, 1608C.3 

Mfasonry-concrete mix, 1602C.6.2 

IVliasonry pier tension stress, 1612C.2.2.3 

Masonry shear, 1608C.2 

Masonry shear tests, 1607C.2 

Masonry tension, 1608C.4 

Masonry-wood mix, 1602C.6.1 

Materials, existing, 1608C.1.1 

Minimum quality of mortar, 1606C.3.3.4 

Mixed construction buildings, 1602C.6 

Moment frames, 1611C.6.4 

Moment-resisting frames, 1612C.4.2 

Mortar, 1606C.3.3 

Mortar preparation, 1616C.3 

Multi-wythe solid brick, 1606C.3.2.1 

New bolts, 1607C.4 

Nonstructural masonry walls, 1613C.8 

Open front design procedure, 161 IC. 8 

Out-of-plane forces, 161 1C.7 

Packing, 1616C.4 

Parapets, 1613C.6 

Party wall buildings, 1602C.5 

Party walls, 1605C.3, 1609C.2 

Pl]Avood sheathed shear walls, 1612C.3 

Pointing, 1606C.3.3.7, 1607C.1 

Pointing of unreinforced masonry walls, 161 6C 

Pre-qualification test for bolts, 1615C.4 

Purpose, 1601 C 

Quality control, 1607C 

Repairs, 1605C.2 

Reports, 1615C.5 

Sample preparation, 1614C.2 

Scope, 1602C 



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SEISMIC STRENGTHENING PROVISIONS 
FOR UNREINFORCED MASONRY BEARING 
WALL BUILDINGS (Cont'd) 

Selection of procedure, 1609C.2 
Shear force, 1612C.5 
Shear wall analysis, 161 IC.6.3 
Shear walls, 1610C.3, 1611C.6 
Shear walls with openings, 1612C.2.2 
Special procedure, 1610C.4 
Structural hollow clay tile, 1606C.3.2.2 
Symbols and notations, 1604C.1 
Tables, following Ch. 16C 
Tension anchors, existing, 1608C.6 
Test of anchors in unreinforced masonry 

walls, 161 5C 
Tests, 1606C.3.3.1 - 1606C.3.3.3, 1607C.4 
Ties and continuity, 1613C.4 
Torques, 1615C.3 
Truss and beam supports, 1613C.9 
Ungrouted hollow concrete, 1606C.3.2.2 
Unreinforced masonry classes, 1606C.3.3.6 
Unreinforced masonry materials other than 

solid brick, 1608C.5 
Unreinforced masonry private school 
buildings, 1602C.3 
Unreinforced masonry walls, existing, 1612C.2 
Values not specified, 1608C. 1.2 
Veneer, 1613C.7 

Vertical elements, combinations of, 1612C.4 
Walls 

Anchorage, 1613C.1 

Bracing, 1613C.5 

Construction, 1606C.3.2 

Elevations, 1605C.3 

Piers, 1612C.2.2-1612C.2.2.3 

Story force, 1611C.6.1 

Story shear, 1611C.6.2 

Walls with diaphragms in different 
regions, 1611C7.2 
Wood diaphragms, 161 1C.4 

SERVICE HOT WATER 

Defined, 1303 A 

SETBACKS 

Impervious surfaces, 106A.1.13 

SEWERS 

Encroachments into public right-of-way, 3201.4 
Fees, llOA 
Grading, App. J 103 .2 



SHEET METAL AND AIR CONDITIONING 
CONTRACTORS NATIONAL ASSOCIATION 

Nominations to Code Advisory 
Committee, 105A.4.3.1 

SIDEWALKS 

Encroachment into public right-of-way, 3202.3.1 

Electrical transformers, 3203.3 

Excavations, 3203.1 

Framing, 3203.2.4 

General regulations, 3203.1 

Guards, 3203.2.5 

Openings in sidewalks, 3203.2 , 3203.2.1 

Permits, 106A.2 

Sidewalk elevators, 3203.2.2 

Sidewalk trapdoor, 3203.2.1 

SIGNS 

Aluminum, 3107.1.5.1 

Anchoring, 3107.1.4.1 

Asbestos, 3424.3, 3424.3.1 

Bulletin boards, 3107.1.1.2 

Business signs, removal of, 3107.1.7 

Charitable institution bulletin boards, 3107.1.1.2 

Construction, 3 1 07. 1 .5, 3 1 07. 1 .6.2 

Defined, 3107.1.2.5 

Definitions, 3107.1.2.5 

Design, 3107.1.4, 3107.1.6.2 

Door operators, powered, AB-012 

Earthquake hazard reduction, 1605B.5 

Electric plastic signs, 3107.1.5.3 

Exempt signs, 3 1 07. 1 . 1 .2 

Existing signs, 3 1 07. 1 .2.4 

Fasteners and braces, 3 1 07. 1 .4. 1 

Fees, 106A.9.2, llOA 

Plan review fees, 106A. 1.9.3 
Fire escapes, AB-019 
Garage, AB-020 

General regulations, 1 06A. 1 .9. 1 , 3 1 07. 1 . 1 . 1 , 
Ground signs, 3107.1.6 
Height regulations, 3 1 07. 1 .3, 3 1 07. 1 .6. 1 
Lead-based paint, 3423.5.4, 3423.5.5 
Lighting, 106A. 1.9.1 
Location, 3107.1.3 

Noncombustible materials, 3107.1.5.1 
Permits, 106A. 1.9.1, 106A.3.2.3, 106A.4.6, 
3107.1.1.1,3107.1.2.2-3107.1.2.4 
Plan review, 106A. 1.9.3 

Fees, 106A. 1.9.3 
Plastics, 3107.1.5.1 
Professional occupation signs, 307.1.1.2 



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SIGNS (Cont'd) 

Prohibitions, 3107.1.2.1 

Projection, 3107.1.3 

Real estate signs, 3 1 07. 1 . 1 .2 

Roof signs, 3107.1.3.1 

Religious institution bulletin boards, 3107.1.1.2 

Revocable permits, 3107.1.2.3 

Scope, 3107.1 

Steel shapes or plates, 3 1 07. 1 .5 . 1 

Vertical clearance, 3107.1.3.1 

Wood-faced signs, 3107.1.5.4 

Unreinforced masonry, 1605B.5 

SIMPLE ECONOMIC PAYBACK 

Defined, 1303 A 

SINGLE CYLINDER DEAD-BOLT 

Defined, 1002 A 

SINGLE-FAMILY DWELLINGS 

Fees, 11 OA 

SITE PERMITS 

Preliminary drawings and specifications, 
106A.3.4.2 

SMOKE DAMPERS (See INFORMATION 
TECHNOLOGY ROOMS) 

SOCIETY OF FIRE PROTECTION 
ENGINEERS 

Nominations to 

Code Advisory Committee, 105A.4.3.1 
Seismic Investigation and Hazard Survey 
Advisory Committee, 105A. 5.2.2 

SOIL SAMPLING AND ANALYSIS 

Hazardous wastes, 106A.3.2.4.1 

SOLID FUEL 

Defined,3 110.1.1 

SPECIAL CONSTRUCTION (See 
CONSTRUCTION) 

SPECIAL INSPECTION AND STRUCTURAL 
OBSERVATION PROCEDURES 

Administrative bulletins, AB-046 
Building Inspection Division (BID), AB-046 
Building Official, duties and responsibilities 
of, AB-046 



SPECIAL INSPECTION AND STRUCTURAL 
OBSERVATION PROCEDURES (Cont'd) 
Central Permit Bureau (CPB), AB-046 
Contractor, duties and responsibilities 

of, AB-046 
Department of Building Inspection, operational 

procedure, AB-046 
Duties and responsibilities of responsible 

parties, AB-046 
Engineer of record, AB-046 
Engineer responsible for structural 

observation, AB-046 
Final completion form, AB-046 
Plan Check Engineers/ Inspectors, AB-046 
Plan Check Services Division (PCSD), AB-046 
Project owner, duties and responsibilities 
of, AB-046 
Special inspection final completion 
form, AB-046 
Special Inspector 
Duties, AB-046 
Qualifications, AB-046 
Responsibilities of, AB-046 

SPECJIAL DETAILED REQUIREMENTS 
BASED ON USE AND OCCUPANCY 

Fences, 446.1 

Garages and carports, 406.1.3 

SPECILAL INSPECTOR 

Demolition, AB-036 
Powers and duties, AB-046 
Qualifications, AB-046 
Special inspection and structural observation 
procedures, AB-046 

SPRES KLER EXPOSURE PROTECTION 

Local equivalency 

Communicating openings between 
buildings on separate properties, AB-010 
New openings in new and existing 
building property line walls, AB-009 

SPRINKLER HEADS 

Permits, 106A.2 

SPRINKLER SYSTEMS, AUTOMATIC 

Additional required suppression systems, Table 

903.2.13 
Basements, 903.2.1 



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SPRINKLER SYSTEMS, AUTOMATIC (Cont'd) 
Fire department connections and hose valves, 

903.3.1.1.2 
High-rise buildings, 3412.27 

Appeal of high-rise sprinkler requirements, 
3412.27.7 

Authority of Building Official, 3412.27.6 

Deferred notice, 3412.27.5.1 

Effective date, 3412.27.4 

General regulation, 3412.27.1 

Implementation, 3412.27.8 

Installation, 3412.27.8.4 

Notice of intent to implement, 3412.27.8.1 

Notification by Building Official, 
3412.27.5 

Permissible omissions, 3412.27.3 

Pipe material, 3412.27.2.6 

Piping and sprinklers, 3412.27.8.3 

Signals, 3412.27.2.2 

Standpipe conversion, 3412.27.2.4 

Supports, 3412.27.2.5 

Valves and devices, 3412.27.2.1 

Water supply, 3412.27.2.3, 3412.27.8.2 
Group R, Division 1 occupancies, 3412.27.1 

STAIRWAY PENTHOUSES (See ROOF 
HATCHES) 

STAIRWAYS 

Egress, means of, 1001.1 
Existing structure, 3403.4 
Protection of pedestrians, 3306.10 
Weather-exposed, 2304.1 1.4.2 

STANDARD OF SAFETY 

Defined, 105 A. 1.2 

STANDPIPE SYSTEM 

Class 1, defined, 902.1 
Class m, defined, 902.1 
During demolition, 33 1 1 .2 
Stages, 905.3.4 

STATE FRANCHISE TAX BOARD 

Noncompliance with code, 105A.2.3 

STATE HISTORICAL BUILDING SAFETY 
BOARD, ABO 13 

STEEL STRUCTURE 

Defined, 3423.2 



STREET NUMBERING 

Administrative bulletin, AB-035 

STREETS 

Grading, App. J 103 .2 

STRONG MOTION INSTRUMENTATION 

Fees, 107A.7 

STRONG MOTION REVOLVING FUND 

Fees, 107A.7.1 

STRUCTURAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE 

Administration, 105A.6 
Compensation, 105A.6.2 
Establishment, 105A.6.1 
Members, 105A.6.2 
Nominations, 105A.6.2 
Purpose, 105A.6.1 
Qualifications, 105A.6.2 
Report, 105A.6.3 

STRUCTURAL DESIGN 

Building separations, 1064.3.7 

Design values for existing materials, 1604.1 1 .4 

Earthquake recording instrumentation, 1604.12 

Existing Buildings, 1604.12.4 

General, 1604.12.1 

Location, 1604.12.2 

Maintenance, 1604.12.3 
Masonry, 2106 
Minimum lateral forces for existing 

buildings, 1604.11 
Minimum uniformly distributed live loads and 
concentrated live loads, Table 1607.1 
Seismic forces, 1604.1 1.3 
Wind forces, 1604.11.2 

STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS ASSOCIATION 
OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA 

Nominations to 

Code Advisory Committee, 105A.4.3.1 
Seismic Investigation and Hazard Survey 
Advisory Committee, 105A.5.2.2 
Structural Advisory Committee, 105A.6.2 

STRUCTURAL INSPECTIONS (See 
STRUCTURAL TESTS AND SPECIAL 
INSPECTIONS) 



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STRUCTURAL OBSERVATION 
PROCEDURES (See SPECL\.L INSPECTION 
AND STRUCTURAL OBSERVATION 
PROCEDURES) 

STRUCTURAL PROJECTIONS 

Construction 

In public right-of-way, 3202.3.4 
Fire escapes, AB-019 
Local equivalencies, AB-018 
Porches, 3423.2, 1205.2.2 
Rooftop structures, 1509 

STRUCTURAL TESTS AND SPECIAL 
INSPECTIONS 

Bolts installed in existing masonry or 

concrete, 1704.16 
Concrete, 1704.1, 1704.5.4 
Cranes, 1704.19 
Demolition, 1704.15 
Edgehill Mountain Slope Protection 

Area, 1704.18 
Exterior facing, 1704.5.4 
Fiberboard shearwalls, 1704.17 
Gypsum wallboard shearwalls, 1704.17 
Hazardous materials, removal of, 1704.13 
Mortar, 1704.5.5 

New construction methods, 1704,13 
Particle-board diaphragms, 1704.17 
Plywood diaphragms, 1704.17 
Plywood shearwalls, 1704.17 
Retrofit of unreinforced masonry bearing 

wall buildings, 1704.5.5 
Shear bolts, 1704.5.5 
Shear walls and floor systems, 1704.17 
Shoring, 1704.13 

Special inspections, 1704, 1704.18 
Underpinning, 1704.13 
Veneers, 1704.5.4 



STRUCTURES, EXISTING (Cont'd) 
High-rise buildings, automatic sprinkler 
systems 3412.27 

Appeal of high-rise sprinkler requirements, 
3412.27.7 

Authority of Building Official, 3412.27.6 

Deferred notice, 3412.27.5.1 

Effective date, 3412.27.4 

General regulation, 34 1 2.27. 1 

Implementation, 3412.27.8 

Installation, 3412.27.8.4 

Notice of intent to implement, 3412.27.8.1 

Notification by Building Official, 
3412.27.5 

Permissible omissions, 3412.27.3 

Pipe material, 3412.27.2.6 

Piping and sprinklers, 3412.27.8.3 

Signals, 3412.27.2.2 

Standpipe conversion, 3412.27.2.4 

Supports, 3412.27.2.5 

Valves and devices, 3412.27.2.1 

Water supply, 3412.27.2.3, 3412.27.8.2 
Homeless shelters, 3403.6 
Horizontal additions, 3403.2.3.1.1 
Lateral force design requirements for existing 

buildings, 3403.5 
Moved structures 3408 
Original building or structure, 3403.2.3.1.1 
Penthouses, 3403.2.1 
Repairs, 3403.2.3.2.4 
Roof structures, 3403 .2. 1 
Stairways, 3403.4 
Strengthening to support vertical 

loads, 3403.2.2.3 
Structural alterations, 3403.2.3.2.3 
Stmctural damage, 3403.2.3.2.4 
Substantial change,3403.2.3.2.2 
Vertical additions, 3403.2.1.1 
Walls, 3403.2.2.1 



STRUCTURES, EXISTING 

Additions, 3403.1.3 
Alterations, 3403.2.3.2.1 
Asbestos, 3424 

Change of occupancy, 3406.4. 1 
Damage, 3403.2.2.4 
Debris, removal of, 3408.2 
Definitions, 3403.2.1.2, 3403.2.2.1 
Existing buildings or other structures located on 
a military base selected for closure, 3422 
General regulations, 3403.1.2 



SUBSIDEWALK SPACE 

Fees, 106A.1.3 

Market Street restrictions, 106A.1.3 

Peimiits, 106A.1.3 

SUBSTANTIAL ALTERATIONS 

Peirmits, 106A.3.2.3 

SUBSTANTIAL CHANGE 

Defined, 3403.2.2.1 



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SURFACING MATERIALS 

Defined, 3424.1 

SURVEYS 

Fees, llOA 



TEMPORARY STRUCTURES 

Disabled access requirements, AB-017 
Fees, 106A.1.7 
Permits, 106A.1.7 

TENANT ADVISORY GROUPS 

Nominations to Unreinforced Masonry 
Building Appeals Board, 105A.7.2.1 

TENANT IMPROVEMENTS 

Tenant improvement work; fees, 107A.3.2 

TERRACING 

Grading, App. J 109 

TESTS (See also STRUCTURAL TESTS AND 
INSPECTIONS) 

Board of Examiners, 105A.1.5.1, 105A.1.5.2, 

105A.1.5.4 
Noise insulation enforcement, AB-026 
Seismic strengthening provisions for 
unreinforced masonry bearing wall 
buildings, 1606C.3.3.1 - 1606C.3.3.3, 
1607C.2, 1607C.4, 1614C, 1615C 

THERMAL SYSTEM INSULATION 

Defined, 3424.1 

TOWER CRANE 

Crane safety compliance agreement, AB-023 
Crane site safety plan submittal form, AB-023 
Defined, AB-023 
Tower crane safety site plans, AB-023 

TOWER CRANE (CLIMBER) 

Defined, AB-023 

TOWER CRANE (FREE STANDING) 

Defined, AB-023 

TOWER CRANE (MOBILE) 

Defined, AB-023 



TOWER CRANE (SELF-ERECTOR) 

Defined, AB-023 

TRANSFER OF TITLE 

Defined, 1303A, 3424.1 

TREATED WOOD 

Defined, 3110.1.1 

TRENCHES 

Inspections, AB-025 
Permits, AB-025 

TWO-FAMILY DWELLINGS 

Fees, llOA 



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UNIFORM AND CONCENTRATED LOADS 

Table 1607.1, following Ch. 16 

UNREINFORCED MASONRY 

Defined, 1603C 

UNREINFORCED MASONRY BEARING 
WALL 

Defined, 1603C 

UNREINFORCED MASONRY BEARING 
WALL BUILDING 

Defined, 1603B 

UNREINFORCED MASONRY BUILDING 
APPEALS BOARD 

Action by, 105A.7.5 
Administration, 105A.7 
Appeals from, 105 A. 7. 11 
Appeals to, 105A.7.1 
Applicant responsibilities, 105A.7.2.2 
Application form, 105A.7.5 
Appointment, 105A.7.2.1 
Authority 

Applications for approval of 

materials, methods, and types of 

construction, 105A.7.3 
Application for variances from 

or interpretation of code 

requirements, 105A.7.4 
Limited to Chapters 16B, 16C, and 

16D, 105A.7.1 
Compensation, 105 A. 7.2.1 



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UNREINFORCED MASONRY BUILDING 
APPEALS BOARD (Cont'd) 

Compliance with Chapters 163 and 
16C, 105A.1.1.4 

Conflict of interest, 1 05 A.7.7 

Construction method and type approval, 
105A.7.3 

Cost estimate review, 105A.7.1 

Costs and expenses, 105 A. 7. 3 

Decisions by resolution, 105A.7.9 

Definitions 

Licensed, 105 A. 7.2.1 
Registered, 105A.7.2.1 

Disabled access regulations; no authority over 
or waiver of, 105 A. 7.1 

Establishment, 105A.7.1 

Ex officio members, 105A, 7.2.1 

Expert advice authorized, 105A.7.2.2 

Fees, llOA 

Materials approval, 105A.7.3 

Meetings 

Record of meetings, 105A.7.10 
Regular, 105A.7.8 

Membership, 105A.7.2 

Nominations, 105A.7.2.1 

Officers, 105A.7.6 

Policy authority; Building Inspection 
Commission, 105A.7.1 

Powers and duties, 105A.7.1 

Procedure, 105A.7.6 

Qualifications, 105A.7.1, 105A.7.2.1 

Quorum, 105 A.7.7 

Recommendations to Director, 105A.7.1 

Record of meetings, 105 A. 7. 10 

Report to the Director, 105A.7.3 

Resolutions, 105A.7.9 

Retrofit alteration permit review, 105A.7.1 

Rules and regulations authorized, 105 A. 7. 6 

Rules for examining and testing, 105A.7.3 

Seismic Safety Retrofit Bond Program 
assistance, 105A.7.1 

Specifications for examining and 

testing, 105A.7.3 

Subscription service, 105A.7.9 

Temporary replacement, 105A.7.2.2 

Testing, specifications for, 105A.7.3 

Vacancies, 105A.7.2.1 

UNREINFORCED MASONRY WALL 

Defined, 1603C 
Variances, 105A.7.4 



UNSAFE BUILDINGS, STRUCTURES, OR 
PROPERTY 

Abatement Appeals Board, 1 02A.3 
Abatement cost 

Administrative costs authorized, 102A.13, 

102A.19.3, 102A.20 
Assessment 

Against said property, 102A.12 
Administrative expenses, 102A.19.3, 

102A.20 
Paramount to all liens; 
exceptions, 102A,19.2 
Subordinate to existing special 
liens, 102A.19.2 
Release of lien, 102A.19.5 
Recording fee, 102A.19.5 
Building Official to act, 102A.17 
Emergency work, 102A.17 
Failure to comply with order, 102A.17 
Liens 

Release of lien, 102A.19.5 
Recording fee, 102A.19.5 
Repair and Demolition Fund, 102A.12 
Authority to enforce, 102A.2 

Mobile home and special occupancy parks 

102A.2.1 
Employee housing, 102A.2 
Building Official 

Assessment of costs, 1 02A. 1 7 
Continuance of gas and electricity; 

safety, 102A.20 
Determination, 102A 
Emergency orders, 102A.16, 102A.20 
Owner's forfeiture of right to do 
work, 102A.15 
Power to order vacation, destruction, 
repair, 102A.14 
Report of costs; notice of hearing on 
confirmation, 102A.18 
Civil penalfies, 103 A, 103A.3.4 
Complaints, 102A.3 
Conditions constituting, 102A 
Continuance of gas and electricity; 

safety, 102A.20 
Costs; assessment for enforcement, 102A.3, 

102A.12, 102A.17 
Dangerous conditions, 102A 
Failure to abate, 102A.3 
Fire hazard, 102A.1 
Hearing 

Abatement Appeals Board, 1 02A.3 



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UNSAFE BUILDINGS, STRUCTURES, OR 
PROPERTY (Cont'd) 
Hearing (Cont'd) 

Compliance, 102A.9 
Continuance, 102A.5 
Decision in writing, 102A.6 
Deputy designated, 102A.5 
Dismissal of proceeding, 102A.6 
Evidence; interested persons may 

present evidence, 102 A. 5 
Notice 

Contents 102A.4.1 
Emergency exemption, 102A.16 
Failure to receive, 102A.4.2 
Interested parties, 102A.4.1 
Method of service, 102A.4.2 
Posting, 102A.4.1 
Proof of service, 102A.4.3 
Required, 102A.4 
Time and place, 102A.5 
Waiver, 102A.3 
Inspections, 102A.3 
Inundation, 102A 
Landslides, 102A 
Liens 

Administrative expenses included, 

102A.19.3 
Assessment paramount to other liens; 

exceptions, 102A.19.2 
Assessment subordinate to existing 

special liens, 102A.19.2 
Release of lien, 102A.19.5 
Recording fee, 102A.19.5 
Misdemeanor, 103 A 
Notices 

Emergency exemption, 102A.16 
Hearing, 102A.4 
Posting, 102A.3 
Removal of notice a 

misdemeanor, 102A.11.3 
Time period for correction, 102A.3 
Unsafe classification, 1 02A 
Violation, 102A.3 
Order 

Address identified, 102A.7.1 
Appea